Mare de Déu de la Serra
Community ID
 
1228
 
Town
 
Montblanc
 
Diocese
 
Tarragona
 
Region
 
Catalonia
 
Medieval Location
 
on a hill just outside the medieval walls, to the northwest
 
Date Founded
 
1296
 
Date Terminated
 
Still active
 
Religious Order
 
Poor Clares
 
Foundation Information
 

Traditionally, founded by a Greek princess named Irene Lascaris, who may have been related by marriage to the house of the Counts of Pallars.

 
Art & Artifacts
 

Verge de la Serra (virgin of the hill), patron saint of the town (See also Mar de Deu de la Serra, apse sculpture).

 
Architecture & Archaeology
 

Mare de Deu de la Serra, monastery church. Although some gothic elements are still visible, especially in the interior, the exterior has been much altered, and contains elements from several different periods.

 
Published Primary Sources
 

Biografia de la fundadora i altres treballs historics del Monestir de la Mare de Deu de la Serra. Although this work also appears under secondary sources, it should be noted that it contains a number of transcriptions of document pertaining tho the community, as well as reference to others (see esp. pages 61-80).

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The interior decoration of the church is notable for its female motif: among the sacred personages depicted, the only men are Christ and S. Francis. In addition, the statue of Mary is surrounded by statues of four other biblical women: Esther, Rachael, Rebecca and Judith. The fact that these are all ficure from the Old Testament may have been meant to depict Mary as the culmination of female virtue.

 
Contributors
 
Marie Kelleher
 
Date Started
 
1296
 
Length
 
1110