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Sant Esteve d’Olius
“A journey through history”
This comfortable flat itinerary takes us from Solsona to Sant Esteve d’Olius. Across the Olius plateau, it’s a historically crowded route due to it being the main access to the communication axis of the area, the Cardener River, the very same route that knife-makers had to walk in order to sharpen their knives at the Cardener mills. This route, which takes about two hours to complete, leads us to Sant Esteve d’Olius, an important monumental ensemble with a Romanesque Church, along with a singular crypt in its interior, a modernist cemetery and the remains of an Iberian settlement and silo field.
The Sant Esteve d’Olius church is a Lombard-Romanesque style monument dating from year 1079. It has a very singular crypt of great beauty, which has six columns that open to form a palm-like shape. It’s one of the most outstanding Romanesque ensembles in Catalonia. Close to it, there is an Iberian archeological site from the 3rd century BC with remains of the wall and of a big silo field (holes in the ground used to store grains). You can also visit the Modernist cemetery, which is perfectly blended with nature and which was designed in 1915 by architect Bernardí Martorell, who was influenced by Antoni Gaudi. Olius is located near the Cardener River and is an interesting spot due to its conservation and the river species that live there.
The route begins in Solsona: on the riverbank, following the river Negre on its right bank, until reaching Pallars street, where the road (LV-4241b) must be crossed. We pass to the left of a concrete wall, going up some stairs and then we will practically pass through the courtyard of a house, to take a path that leads us along dry stone walls of the fields of northern Vinyet until we reach ca l’Espolsa and we will border it to the west, which is the only house that we will find until we reach the Mas Vent Serè crossroad.
Once there, we follow the passable road to the right where we will then go around a field passing behind Cal Sastre Quel and, at the next crossroads, we take the path to the left in the direction of Cal Nen. We follow the path, which seems like a private passage to a house, although we find the fence of the house later, we pass some fences with dogs and we go along a path towards the interior of the forest until we brush some fields, we leave a raft at left hand, point from where we can enjoy good views of the Pyrenees and we will continue through the plains of Olius. We arrive at the roundabout of the C 462 and continue towards Berga until the first intersection, where we take the path to the left following the GR 7.5, and we will cross some immense fields, where the feeling of spaciousness and space is only truncated by the panoramic views of the Pre-Pyrenees in the background. This part of the route is in a pure agricultural landscape, with massive fields on both sides, an open space that only ends with the views of the Pre-Pyrenees on the horizon.
Near the small model aircraft track, we turn right and go around Casa Marcús and then enter a forest path, following the GR until we reach the monumental complex of Olius. Once the area is explored, we take the path that we find between the cemetery and the porch, where we will cross a small bridge and ascend through the forest where, after about 500 meters, we will arrive at the same path that we have done on the one-way trip, to follow it until you cross the Berga road and follow the GR. When we get to C 462 we follow it for 2.2 km. until we come across a path on the left, and skirting the hermitage of San Honorat, a small and attractive Romanesque chapel, we go down a path that will take us to the cemetery and follow the path that will take us back to the center of Solsona, where the route is finished.
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