07-25 To Gurp to See Two Churches

We moved camp from Esterri d’Àneu to Càmping Gaset near Talarn which is north of Tremp. We were told that we could pitch our tent anywhere, but there were very few sites free. The campground is on the Pantà de Sant Antoni, a reservoir above a hydroelectric dam. It is a popular place for boating and fishing and attracts many tourists. After we found a place and set up our tent we set off to see some Romanesque churches which are nearby. We cycled by the lake and up to Talarn which is on a bluff. We then continued through the Acadèmia General Bàsica de Suboficials, a military base. We had seen “Acadèmia si” painted on the roads, we don’t know why. I never feel comfortable around anything military; they don’t like you taking pictures so we didn’t. After we had passed through the base we continued until we found a nice place to sit and our lunch.

Where We Ate Lunch

Gurp is called “Gurb” on some of the local signs. Sant Serni de Gurp is a Romanesque church dating from the twelfth century which has a single nave and a semicircular apse to the east. To the west there is a belfry (campanar d’espadanya) with two eyes. Chapels were later added on the north and south walls. It is an attractive church but has an air of neglect.

Sant Serni de Gurp

We continued north along a path a short distance to Sant Martí de Gurp which is on bedrock above el barranc dels Lleons (the precipice of the Lions), about 20 metres above a canyon.

Sant Martí de Gurp on el Barranc dels Lleons

The Interior of Sant Martí de Gurp

Sant Martí de Gurp is a Romanesque church with a single nave covered by a pointed barrel vault and a semicircular apse to the east. The rocks which were used to construct the church are irregular but put together with great care. The vaults and arches are made with better crafted masonry. The effect is very rustic and very charming. We quickly became very fond of this little church.

Sant Martí de Gurp on Bedrock

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