Vallbona de les Monges
Altitude: 481 m
Monks vallbona of them is located at the southern end of the county of Urgell. It is annexed to municipalities and Montblanquet Rocallaura in Maldanell basin. Their main occupation is agriculture, especially the vineyards, olive and almond trees. The first two activities have own Denomination of Origin for wine "Costers del Segre" oil and "Les Garrigues". The herding sector is also important because the core has a large number of farms, although the sector is becoming increasingly important force is the services sector of the tourism exploitation Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria de Vallbona, part of the Route Cistercian.
The population of monks Vallbona of them grew up around the monastery and the first notice we have of him is from the year 1153. Since the Middle Ages, the monastic center has been very important for both properties as the monasteries that hung about him, but above all by the steady inflow of nuns that have occurred since its founding. Currently, the nuns living in the monastery follow the rules and disciplines of the order of Saint Benedict. Inside we find the church of the Monastery noted for its two domes, the twelfth-century cloister mixed with Gothic Romanesque style, the chapter house and two chapels of Saint Christopher and the Virgin of the Senate.
Besides visiting the monastery, we can also see the churches that are within the city core. In Vallbona find the Parish Church of St. Mary, of the eighteenth century in Montblanquet is the parish church of Sant Benet Cistercian Romanesque style, and the Sierra del Tallat and within the municipality of Rocallaura, we visit the Shrine of Tallat of that we have only the restoration of the Church of Santa Maria and the remains of the ruins, though, the views that are contemplated from this point are magnificent.
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