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Santa Maria de Mur

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Romanesque churches

Santa Maria de Mur

Santa Maria de Mur


This church, originally with three naves, has a roof with barrel vaults and arches and crowns of three semicircular apses. The north nave, half destroyed, was transformed into chapels and the apse in a sacristy. The apses are decorated on the outside with lesenes and blind arches. The paintings from the central apse are nowadays at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (USA), and are considered as one of the best examples of Romanesque paintings abroad. Other painting remains can be found at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and a small part, consideraby burned, in situ.

To the west of the church and remarkably far from the central nave axis there is the cloister, from the 12th century, and the monastic rooms.


Ramón V and Valença started around 1057 the construction of a church, followed by their son Pere Ramón who had it consecrated in 1609. In 1099, Pere Ramón gave it goods and rights and linked it directly with the Holy See, hence Mur became and administration independent from the Urgell bishops jurisdiction.

Despite these privileges, the canonical life began to decay in the end of the 14th century. In 1592, it was secularised and transformed into collegial church, maintaining though its privileges. In 1851 it lost them all and became a simple rural parish church.


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