Historically, Sant Miquel del Fai dates back to the neolithic, although the first written references date back to 997. Apparently, its origin could have been that of a space destined for pagan cults, although it has not been possible to specify when this singular one was built. church-cave.
It was donated in 997 by the counts of Barcelona to Gombau de Besora, to build a monastery, which was inhabited by monks until 1835.
Although its historical importance is remarkable, the singularity Sant Miquel del Fai is also due to its environment. The water from the Rossinyol and Tenes rivers, from the rains and melting ice, make up its spectacular location, between waterfalls and small lakes. Each season of the year, the setting varies, giving the church environment a fabulous natural beauty.
The Caves of Sant Miquel and of the Tosques, product of the action of water on the rock since ancient times, they have impressive formations of stalactites Y stalagmites.
The travertine It is another curious element that can be observed very closely. Born by the effect of the carbonate of the water that filters through the cracks of the rocks. The result is fabulous vertical plates attached to the rock.
In addition to the rugged natural beauty of the landscape, in Sant Miquel del Fai we can visit:
The Piorato's house - In style GothicThis building has two floors and a loft. It stands out especially for its location, on top of a ravine and for its characteristic lobed arch windows, divided by one or two columns.
Sant Miquel Church - It is the only church Romanesque of the country built entirely in a cave. Although it dates from the 10th century, the presbytery belongs to the Gothic, 15th century, and the tombstone of Guillem Berenguer inside it, dates from around 1000 AD.
Hermitage of Sant Martí - About 800 meters from the monastery, is this style hermitage Romanesque (9th century).
restaurant - In this spectacular location, you could not miss a sample of the Catalan cuisine more international.
Sant Miquel del Fai: inside the Temple (August 2020)