Monday, February 12, 2007

Sant Climent de Taüll, Vall de Boí

The church of Sant Climent de Taüll was consecrated on 10 December 1123 by Ramon Guillem, the bishop of Roda. It is the largest and best-preserved church in the Vall de Boí, and also the most architecturally outstanding

The church is laid out as a basilica, with three naves, each separated by an arcade of columns and ending in a semicircular apse. It retains its original double-pitched timber roof.

To the southeast of the body of the church stands a six-storey bell tower, with arched windows on each floor.

The building is constructed from granite blocks, with decorative elements and windows in pumice. The facades are decorated with friezes and pilasters.

The building is covered with roofing slates and was restored in 1922, where the famous Romanesque frescoes with the Christ Pantocrator in their middle, which have given fame to the Master of Taüll, were moved to the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC), while the original places of the pictures are now occupied by accurate copies.