Archaeology Museum of Catalonia
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
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
Detail of the rose window on display inside Sant Pere de Galligants in Girona
Roman sculptures, remains of the Roman Girona
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
Zoomorphic creature design in a capital of the Sant Pere de Galligants cloister
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
Double columns in the cloister of the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants
Detail of a capital with vegetable designs
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
View of the arches and double columns in the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants.
Capital with vegetable designs and anthropomorphic characters
Detail of a capital with a mythological creature in the cloister of the monastery
Detail of a capital and vault in the Sant Pere de Galligants monastery
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 capitals in the cloister
Capital with sculptures of bearded men holding creatures emitting or absorbing rays through their mouths.
Arch of the south transept of the monastery
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
Located in the "Age of Metals" collection on the high cloister.
Pieces of the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia
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
The central part of each gallery has a five-column support, an unusual feature.
Pitchers and utensils from the Roman Girona
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