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SANT SADURN═ DE TAV╚RNOLES, SOURCE OF PYRENEAN MONACHISM

Translation from the catalan text of the speech presented by Josep-Maria Nogués i Torre to the VII Pyrenean Cultural Meetings \"The Pyrenees 1,000 years: visions of the future\" held in Seu d'Urgell the 23.10.2010.


Before discussing about the past of the venerable ruins of the defunct Benedictine Abbey of Sant Sadurní de Tavèrnoles and project our particular vision on what remains of the monastery, we must first talk about the pilgrimage route[i] passing through Anserall and that, somehow, he conditioned and regulated development of St. Saturnin as the center which was the birthplace of Pyrenean monasticism.

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STUDY ON THE GR 7 PATH THAT, COMING BY ANDORRA, CONNECTS TO THE MAIN TRUNK OF THE SEGRE PILGRIMAGE ROUTE (UNTIL CASTELLCIUTAT)

This is the path that comes in Catalonia by the right of the Valira and, without changing position, connected to the main trunk road by Segre Castellciutat.
It is said that this is the old Roman road that ran through this valley; and as there was life before the Romans, we must believe that the age of the plot is much higher.
Later, probably, it was also the road that followed the pilgrims to Compostela. Thus, we will name as the pilgrimage route in the valley of Valira.
We highlight follows the alternative route that ran through the courrent principality of Andorra and coming from the city of Foix FOIX→PAS DE LA CASA→ ENCAMP→ RANSOL (Canillo)→ ESCALDES→ ANDORRA LA VELLA→ SANT JULIÀ DE LÒRIA→La borda d’En Canturri (=Cal Sabater)→partida dita El Vinyer→LA FARGA DE MOLES. We stop to make comparisons with what has come to us orally and the current situation where the construction of the esplanade of the customs building has removed the signs of the past.

It seems that, in past times, there were a group of facilities below the Runer river, as was  hobnails own forge horseshoes and footwear and also industry cut the slab made the traditional way. Above the tower of the Bastida of Ponts, which was destroyed by the French in the War of the Reapers she was. In this area there was a lever for safe passage of animals and people, not far from the actual passage of said bridge castle of Ponts Bastida suitable for people and carriages and the toll that the people are paying the Borda del Cavaller, which included the mill of Can Clotet who were millers, slaters and farriers.
→ Continue along the river right VALIRA; Cabanelles below, we will go down the road of Santa Lucia and to our right, we will find three old pretty well camouflaged nests of machine guns; leave a bit far, to our left, the said Poblador and Patau huts and Saint Lucia electric power plant. Let's stop the N-145.


Now, it is up to other description in sections:
Catalan Section: La Farga de Moles, Anserall and La Seu d’Urgell /Castellciutat. 02:50 h 12,300 Km.
To study it better, we have to split into different sections the Catalan section which passes through the municipalities of Valls de Valira and La Seu d’Urgell.
Section A: From the Farga de Moles to the first cut caused by the ongoing reform of the N-145 (already explained).
Section B: The cut in the first modification of the course of the N-145 part (already explained).
Section C: From Section B to the Anserall old bridge. It is part of the old way to Civís and passing under the metal bridge on Cortingles comes to the new cemetery of Anserall, at the bottom of St. Saturnin de Tavèrnoles along some orchards for floodplain of the Valira and reaches the bridge over the Anserall (or Estelareny) ravine and proceed through the lower part of town to the old bridge.

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