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Today, movies can recreate any time or place they want simply by applying digital technology to special effects. But undoubtedly reality is always much better—and more captivating—than any virtual environment. So when looking for a visual reference to recreate the Middle Ages reliably and with an emotional impact, film and TV companies have come to Catalonia to find unique locations to shoot scenes or for complete projects. This has been going on for decades, and with magnificent results. Romanesque Catalonia provides a superb set for all kinds of audiovisual productions looking for castles, monasteries or sumptuous old stone buildings.
This constant presence of the Catalan medieval architectural landscape makes discovering Romanesque art even more rewarding: when looking at a bridge, church or fortification, not only do we have centuries—sometimes even a millennium—of living history before us but a cultural reference that goes beyond its era and connects with our audiovisual emotions. Here we provide a guide to the most emblematic Romanesque buildings in Catalonia where major films have been shot.