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Vilafranca del Penedès

 Vilafranca del Penedès is the capital city of the Alt Penedès and the most traditional and important wine region in Catalonia. Its origins date from the early 12th century, from which time Vilafranca has existed as the main centre of communications.

Historically, Vilafranca is one of the most important middle-size Catalan cities due to an important historical-artistic heritage, formed by a group of faithfully restored Middle Age buildings (making Vilafranca look like a medieval city). There are also a number of modernist buildings of great importance, which were built during the expansion of the city at the end of the 19th century.

Most of the medieval buildings are located around the church of Santa Maria. In this Gothic centre you can find the Comtes-Reis Palace, the Baltà Palace, and the church of Santa Maria with its cript created by the sculptor Josep Llimona.


In Jaume I Square you can find the Santa Maria's belfry, the Marquis of Alfarràs' House and the house of the Bishop Torras i Bages, nowadays a library. The most significant building of this historical centre is the Comtes-Reis Palace, a building dated from the 12th-13th centuries where King Pere the Great died in 1285. Nowadays, the Vilafranca Museum hosts the Museu del Vi which has amongst other sections, archaeology, geology, ornithology and painting. The Wine Museum is considered one of the best museums of its kind in Europe. It provides a journey through the history of vines and of winemaking in the Penedès region, with a collection of rich documentary evidence.


a visit to the Vila Square, presided over by the modernist façade of the Vilafranca Council, is a must. In front of the Council the St. Joan Chapel is located, housing a Romanic portico in the main façade and a Gothic portico in the lateral façade.

You can also go for a walk through the Rambles, where you will discover the significant modernist houses of Vilafranca that date from the end of the 19th and the early 20th century. Nearby the church of Sant Francesc is located, with one of the great treasures of Gothic Catalan painting: the altarpiece of the Virgin and Sant Jordi.

 

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Última actualització: 19/04/2007