Published: September 12, 2017
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The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia in Girona

Photos of the monastery, the cloister and some pieces from the museum’s collection.

Archaeology Museum of Catalonia

Archaeology Museum of Catalonia - Girona, Spain The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia in Girona ("Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya a Girona") is located at the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, which renders the very same facilities a piece worth appreciation. This was a Benedictine monastery, whose current building dates from the year 1131, although a previous structure existed since the 10th century, and is an example of Catalan Romanesque architecture. In the photo you can see the cloister of the monastery.

Partial view of the central apse of the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants

Partial view of the central apse of the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants - Girona, Spain Semi-columns and capitals with anthropomorphic designs on the north side of the central apse of the monastery.

Rose window on display in the northern apsidiole of Sant Pere de Galligants

Rose window on display in the northern apsidiole of Sant Pere de Galligants - Girona, Spain

Detail of the rose window on display inside Sant Pere de Galligants in Girona

Detail of the rose window on display inside Sant Pere de Galligants in Girona - Girona, Spain

Roman sculptures, remains of the Roman Girona

Roman sculptures, remains of the Roman Girona - Girona, Spain The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia in Girona has pieces spanning from the Paleolithic period to the Middle Ages. These are some sculptures found in the area from the times when the city was known as Gerunda and was part of the Roman Empire.

Double columns in the cloister of the monastery

Double columns in the cloister of the monastery - Girona, Spain

Zoomorphic creature design in a capital of the Sant Pere de Galligants cloister

Zoomorphic creature design in a capital of the Sant Pere de Galligants cloister - Girona, Spain Each of the capitals in the cloister has been sculpted with a variety of designs, from mythological creatures to plants and anthropomorphic characters.

Ancient inscription on the wall of the Sant Pere de Galligants monastery

Ancient inscription on the wall of the Sant Pere de Galligants monastery - Girona, Spain

Double columns in the cloister of the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants

Double columns in the cloister of the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants - Girona, Spain

Detail of a capital with vegetable designs

Detail of a capital with vegetable designs - Girona, Spain Capital with vegetable designs in a column of the cloister of Sant Pere de Galligants in Girona.

Arches on double columns in the monastery cloister

Arches on double columns in the monastery cloister - Girona, Spain View of the arches and double columns in the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants.

Capital with vegetable designs and anthropomorphic characters

Capital with vegetable designs and anthropomorphic characters - Girona, Spain

Detail of a capital with a mythological creature in the cloister of the monastery

Detail of a capital with a mythological creature in the cloister of the monastery - Girona, Spain

Detail of a capital and vault in the Sant Pere de Galligants monastery

Detail of a capital and vault in the Sant Pere de Galligants monastery - Girona, Spain Capital with centaurs and an anthropomorphic, mermaid-looking character holding fishes on both hands.

Detail of the rose window located inside the monastery

Detail of the rose window located inside the monastery - Girona, Spain

Detail of capitals in the cloister

Detail of capitals in the cloister - Girona, Spain Capital with sculptures of bearded men holding creatures emitting or absorbing rays through their mouths.

Arch of the south transept of the monastery

Arch of the south transept of the monastery - Girona, Spain The circular skylight stands out on top and resembles the oculus of the Pantheon in Rome, but in a semicircular vault version, instead of a dome. The arches on the left correspond to the two apsidioles of the south transept.

Urn from the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia in Girona

Urn from the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia in Girona - Girona, Spain Located in the "Age of Metals" collection on the high cloister.

Pieces of the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia

Pieces of the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia - Girona, Spain In the "Roman World" collection of the high cloister you can find jewelry, toys and tools from Girona’s (or Gerunda’s) Roman times.

Five-column support in the cloister of Sant Pere de Galligants

Five-column support in the cloister of Sant Pere de Galligants - Girona, Spain The central part of each gallery has a five-column support, an unusual feature.

Pitchers and utensils from the Roman Girona

Pitchers and utensils from the Roman Girona - Girona, Spain Pitchers and utensils in the "Roman World" collection of the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia in Girona.

Detail of the vault and capitals in the central apse of the monastery

Detail of the vault and capitals in the central apse of the monastery - Girona, Spain


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