After a couple of trips to the coca capital of the Vallès Occidental region, one with friends and one with Sara, I had to write an article about what to see in Terrassa. The industrial power of the textile sector of the early twentieth century – there were more than forty factories in the city at that time! – was the engine for the construction of dozens of modernist buildings that are still there. Some have even been transformed into museums. But ” the city of smoke ” – as defined by the poet Pere Antoni Ventalló in 1904 – existed long before becoming such … Did you expect that there were Visigoth temples candidates to be a World Heritage Site in Terrassa?
After those two trips, here are our 7 things to see in Terrassa. As always, all on a map and with suggestions of hotels and restaurants. That the cuisine here is not turkey mucus!
LA SEU D’ÈGARA: THE FIRST THING YOU HAVE TO SEE IN TERRASSA
Before walking through Terrassa, we go to Egara … Well, we are still in Terrassa: Egara is the name of the municipality of Roman Hispania on which the current city is based. Its location – and previously that of the Iberian town of Pagosa – was, a little far from the center of Terrassa. One of the most amazing Visigoth religious groups that have come to this day, a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage Site, stood on its remains. It is clear that you cannot miss it.
We speak of the complex of the Seu d’Ègara – or monumental complex of the churches of Sant Pere – built when, in 450, Egara became the seat of a new bishopric. It is preserved part of the old cathedral and baptistery – the current church of Santa María and the visitor center -; the funerary temple – current church of Sant Miquel -, and the parish temple – church of Sant Pere.
Roman mosaics and columns, the only preserved mural paintings of the Visigothic period in Europe, the first baptistery of the Peninsula, gothic altarpieces of great value, a unique altarpiece built not in wood but in stone … In our journey from temple to temple no We managed to close our mouths for a moment!
LA MASÍA FREIXA: MODERNIST WONDER OF TERRASSA
Strangely, that Roman and Visigothic past of Terrassa is not as well known and in La Seu d’Ègara we do not meet any other visitors – it is also true that in July the beaches call much more. What is more famous is the modernist heritage of the city, which we were not going to miss, of course. So we take a leap of just over a kilometer and a few centuries to find the most peculiar and characteristic of these modernist buildings in Terrassa, and one of our favorites throughout Catalonia. We talked about the Masía Freixa, in the park of Sant Jordi.
Why is it so peculiar? Because it doesn’t look like a house. And it was born to be a factory. Spin to be more exact. It was built there, in the middle of the field then – that’s why farmhouse – because it was believed that there was water for steam engines. But no, there wasn’t. So the architect, Lluís Muncunill I Parellada, transformed it into the residence of the family of the textile industrialist Josep Freixa I Argemí.