S. Maria de Montsant
Community ID
 
2569
 
Town
 
Morera de Montsant
 
Diocese
 
Tarragona
 
Corporate Status
 
Abbey
 
Date Founded
 
1210
 
Date Terminated
 
1215 (see "Incorporated by," below)
 
Religious Order
 
Cistercian
 
Foundation Information
 

Originally built as a hermitage for both men and women on lands donated by Arbert de Castellvell to Pere de Montsant and his companions in 1161, although the community was disorganized at the time. In 1202 the community was reorganized, but without success. Finally, the bishop of Tarragona ceded the lad to Pere Balb and his wife Guillema and their daughter Anglesa in 1210, who founded a cistercian monastery.

 
Notable Heads
 

First abbess: Guillelma (co-founder)

 
Incorporated By
 

Nuns were transferred to Bonrepos (leaving a group of hermits?)

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

Remains of chapel (18th c?) in Mas de Montsant - burned by the French (1810) and abandoned, then restored late 19th c. by Ramona Ballester, ruined again during the Civil War in 1936, and later restored again, due to the great devotion to the image of the Mare de Déu de Montsant, currently in parish of Albarca.

 
Contributors
 
Marie Kelleher
 
Date Started
 
1210
 
Date Finished
 
1215
 
Length
 
997