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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 starts in Solsona: On the riverbank, following the river Negre along its right bank, until you reach Carrer del Pallars, where you have to break and cross the road (LV-4241b). We continue to the left of a concrete wall, going up some stairs and then we pass practically through the courtyard of a house, to climb a path that leads us along the banks and dry stone walls of the fields north of the Vinyet until we skirt ca l’Espolsa to the west, we will follow the path until we find a landmark that diverts us from the route that goes up to Sant Bartomeu and we will follow the path, later we will join the passable path by car, leaving on our right Cal Sastre Quel. At the next crossroads, take the path on the left towards Cal Nen, and in about a hundred meters we will take a path that goes down to the right, we enter the forest and pass by a ruined house (where we can see an old oven).
After leaving a farmhouse on the left, we will follow the passable road by car, and right in front of a farm we will continue to the left until we reach Els Plans d’Olius, a point from where we can enjoy good views of the Pyrenees. We reach the roundabout of the C-462 and continue towards Berga until the first crossroads, where we take the path on the left following the GR 7.5, we will cross some immense fields, where the feeling of breadth and space is only stifled. by the panoramic views of the Pre-Pyrenees in the background.
Near the small model runway, we turn right and skirt Casa Marcús and then enter a wooded path, following the GR until we reach the monumental complex of Olius. After exploring the area, take the path between the cemetery and the porch, where we will cross a small bridge and climb through the forest where, after about 500 meters, we will reach the same path we did one way, to follow it until you cross the Berga road. At this point we can choose to follow the GR (about 2 km by road) or return to where we came from.
If we follow the GR, once we reach the C-462, we will follow it for 2.2 km until we take a path on the left, and along the hermitage of Sant 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 ends.
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