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The monumental ensemble of Gardeny is one of the key examples of Templar architecture erected in Catalonia during the second half of the 12th century. Although substantial modifications were made between the 17th and 18th centuries, altering the former appearance of the medieval complex, numerous traces of the original medieval enclosure still remain.

On this one-hour guided tour of the Templar Castle in Gardeny you will travel to the 12th century as you visit one of the most outstanding jewels of Catalan Templar architecture.

The buildings that will be visited are the tower-room, the tribute tower and the Romanesque church of Santa Maria de Gardeny.

The visit includes the projection of an audiovisual on the origin of the Templar communities, the rules that govern them and the particularities of the Templar House in Gardeny.


After discovering the secrets of the Knights Templar through the documentary, you will go on to tour the palatial rooms of the castle.

You will access the castle cistern through a corridor built to communicate the tower with the rest of the building in the case of a siege. Then you will reach the great room that included the dining room, the kitchen or the armory.

As you keep talking about the day-to-day life of the Templars in the castle, you will climb the majestic spiral staircase that leads to the tribute tower. From the staircase window you can see the river, the old Seu Vella cathedral and an excellent panorama of Lleida. Then, you enter the storehouse, where the knights kept all kinds of documents and treasures of great value.

The last part of the visit is the Romanesque church of Santa Maria of Gardeny, the oldest temple in the city. Quite a sanctuary!

  • Saturdays at 12 a.m.
  • Meeting point: Castle of the Templars of Gardeny - Esplanade (castle parking area)
  • Prior reservation is essential
  • Price: €8 (for under 13 years old is free)
  • Free entry for groups with a guide

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