With an interesting history, the cloister of the Abbey of St Michel de Cuxa deserves a corner on its own. Built in a purely Romanesque style, its preserved part was rescued from destruction by American art collectors who were unscrupulous until the population of the town confronted them and were able to save the rest of this wonderful structure. Those who visit New York can see a good part of the cloister at the Museum "The Cloistres". Thanks to the figure of the Catalan architect Puig, today we can enjoy this amazing place, it is one of the most beautiful cloisters I have seen to date. Its bright pink marble gleams and its layout is exquisite, reminiscent of the East. Take your time, enjoy every stone, every symbol and the amazing history of this restored beauty. I was fascinated by its history, its beauty and its composition, which is one of the largest in the Pyrenees.
Have you ever gone to a place and had the sense that mother nature took over you?. That's the feeling you get when you go to the Crypt of the Virgin. It is a unique place of the Abbey of St Michel de Cuxa. A crypt that is vaulted and by a single stone column. The stone and light and create a balanced space. A feeling that you have been swallowed by the bowels of Mother Earth, and you stay still, enjoying the peace, its serenity hides. In front of the crypt is an ancient underground walkway for pilgrims. It is made up of three naves of four sections with side chapels dedicated to some saint. The architect Puig rediscovered this place. The crypt dates from the 11th century when the Abat Oliva, well known for Catalonia, decided to construct it. In a corner of the underground corridor that we saw in the crypt you can see a place of remembrance for him among others. As a note, the Abbey has returned to be occupied by Benedictine monks arrived from the Catalan monastery, which led to its recovery against the constant plundering was suffering by U.S. collectors. Enjoy a place like this is a unique feeling. Without hesitation, one of my favorite spots.