Destination Management Company – Terres de l’Ebre (Catalonia – Spain)

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Cathars and Knights Templars

Route of Knights Templars and Cathars in Terres de l’Ebre

The Cathars came to the Ebro during the 12th Century to take refuge from persecution by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church did not recognise the Cathars unorthodox Christianity, they were classed as heretics. This persecution lasted 200 years (Albigensian Crusade) until they were finally eradicated, along with their protectors. Today we can see the vestiges of their existence in the form of Castles and Churches as well as in some of our traditions and culture, so come join us to experience all.

Sant Mateu

‘In 700 years the laurel will turn green again’ William of Belibasta prophesied in 1321 as he was burned at the stake in Vilerouge-Termenes. He was the last Perfect Cathar. He and a few surviving Cathars had been living as a small community in San Mateu. Although the alleged persecution was over, he was tricked into going to the lands of the Viscounty of Castelbo, where he was imprisoned and tried by the Inquisition in Toulouse, and found guilty as a heretic. Following in the footsteps of the Cathars at Sant Mateu, we will try to uncover the hidden history of these Occitans (part of Southern France), that were persecuted and burned at the stake as heretics by the church of Rome. The story of GOOD MEN is ready to be told.

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Miravet

The majestic Templar castle at Miravet was built in the 12th century, on the site of the existing Saracen fortress. Its purpose was to be guardian and customs point for ships, because at that time, the mouth of the Ebro to the Mediterranean reached the foot of the fortress. The Cathers helped to construct an impregnable fortress for the Templars, until the Templars order was dissolved in 1312 by Philip IV of France under the direction of the Pope.

Horta de Sant Joan

Si parlavem del Castell de Miravet com la defensa de Vanguarda, el Convent d’Orta (antic nom d’Horta de Sant Joan) va ser la reraguarda. En una petita capella al peu de la Muntanya de Santa Bàrbara s’hi van començar al Segle XII, les obres per convertir-la en una fortalesa discreta pero ferma i capaç de protegir els tresors que, capturats a Miravet, s’amagaven dels ulls ambiciosos a les coves i amagatalls de la muntanya. La capella, convertida en esglèsia al segle XIV i ampliada amb un convent Franciscà, té actualmet un gran valor per la conservació que, tot i lo malmesa que està, encara mostra amb claredat les funcions que va complir en cada segle, tot i el pas de 800 anys d’història.

If we talked about Miravet Castle as the defense of Vanguarda, the Convent of Orta (former name of Horta de Sant Joan) was the rear. In a small chapel at the foot of the Mountain of Santa Bàrbara, work began in the 12th century to turn it into a discreet but firm fortress capable of protecting the treasures that, captured in Miravet, were hidden from view. ambitious in caves and mountain hideouts. The chapel, converted into a church in the 14th century and enlarged with a Franciscan convent, is currently of great value for its conservation, which, despite its damage, still clearly shows the functions it performed in each century, despite the passage of 800 years of history.

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Gandesa

l’edifici més notable de la presènica dels Templers és l’església arxiprestal de l’Assumpció, que, tot i els canvis al llarg del temps, mostra un art romànic que indentifica la maestria dels constructors del Temple, els Càtars.
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Caseres

l’edifici més notable de la presènica dels Templers és l’església arxiprestal de l’Assumpció, que, tot i els canvis al llarg del temps, mostra un art romànic que indentifica la maestria dels constructors del Temple, els Càtars.
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