Church of Sant Cristòfol de Toses

It is one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in this area. It preserves what has been lost by other churches due to earthquakes and renovations: a Romanesque bell-tower Lombard arcadings and a beautiful plinth in the lower part.

The church is situated in a place from which we can admire the Toses Valley. It was built in two phases: the nave and the bell-tower in the 11th century and the apse a century later. The church is made up of a single nave crowned by an apse and with a tunnel vault. The bell-tower stands out with its square outline and two floors, and a simple Lombard Romanesque decorative style.

The interior houses important fragments of a 12th century mural painting. The apse paintings are a true reproduction of the originals, kept in the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, in which we can see a pantocrator and scene from the life of Cain and Abel. At the top of the nave we can see original remains of Romanesque paintings.

Let’s also look at the ironwork on the door, which shows us what Medieval forging was like in Ripollès. The door is forged with a bolt, also iron, which has incisions to make it look like this bolt that closes access to the temple is the devil’s serpent, which is the obstacle that the believer has to remove to enter the sacred space behind the door.

Romanesque church which contains some exceptional late 12th century paintings in the interior and a recently restored Baroque altarpiece from the 17th-18th century.


  • Toses, 17536, Girona
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