Os de Balaguer
Shire: La Noguera
Altitude: 463 m
Os de Balaguer is a municipality in the comarca of Noguera, very close to the region's capital Balaguer. Os is the core of the municipality that is composed of entities Gerb, Alberola and the Monastery of Avellanes. These cores have been modified over the years, as some formerly belonged to municipalities now missing. Os de Balaguer is crowned by a castle built by Ermengol IV Comte de Urgell, where he died and where stood a cylindrical tower of the thirteenth century. This castle is situated on top of a mountain which is flanked by the river Farfanya and is surrounded by a wall, which was built in the ninth century, during the Muslim fortification. Today still remain narrow and steep streets with facades of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Within the municipality of Os de Balaguer find various points of interest include:
Monastery of Santa Maria de Bellpuig Avellanes
The monastery consists of a Gothic church of the fourteenth century Romanesque cloister and the late twelfth century, which in turn is the oldest fragment of the whole. In fact, the monastery has undergone several changes, although it can be considered mostly Gothic.
Within the term of Os de Balaguer also found a female former Cistercian monastery, the only visible remains of the apse area, known as the Monastery of Santa Maria de Vallverd.
Besides the two previous monasteries, Os de Balaguer has a number of chapels and shrines such as the Sanctuary of Santa Maria de Cèrvoles or chapel for Our Lady d'Aguilar.
Cueva dels Vilars
In this cave are about 30 figures and a cave painting symbols dated between 1800-650 BC. Besides various stone structures at the time of the meeting also found ceramic instruments and bone.
Os de Balaguer has several caves such as Cueva del Foric, swallowed the Black Cave and Cave de l'estret of swallowed.
Source of Sant Pitot
It is a monumental fountain eighteenth century rectangular and decorated with a statue of Neptune accompanied by two dogs and floral ornament.
In addition, you can also see the old wash and water source that supplied the town of Os de Balaguer and is known as the Font Vella.