Porqueres is the mainly rural borough across the lake from Banyoles, where the lake is at its deepest (63m). Here the exceptionally elegant 1182 Romanesque church of Santa Maria has a barrel-vaulted interior, and unusual capitals depicting plant and animal life. The frieze around the façade has various curious symbols inside circles. At the end of the apse is a triumphal arch with ornamented capitals: God, angels, a scene reproducing original sin, Christ, the apostles, the Virgin, etc. Shame about the piped-in music you get with the 1€ illumination fee. A nearby riding club, Club Hípic Comarca Pla de l’Estany, offers a choice of historic routes through villages on horseback. Further southwest, Pujarnol mountain commands a good panorama, and has the remains of an old castle, a fine dolmen, and the nearby hermitage of Sant Nicolau, with its ancient oak tree, recently named a natural monument by local authorities.
This article was written by Francis Barrett. See also Francis' excellent guide to Ireland irelandbyways.com
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