Anoia county is divided in three areas. Alta Anoia (formed by Calaf, Veciana, Sant Martí Sesgueioles), Conca d ’ Òdena (Òdena, Igualada, Vilanova, Montbui, Jorba, Tous, La Torre, Castelloli and Capellades) and the Montserratí (El Bruc, Hostalets, Piera and Masquefa).
There are some mountain ranges in the Anoia county: Miralles range, Rubió range, La Llacuna range, el Bruc range and Montserrat.
There is one river, which gives name to the county: the Anoia river.
Anoia population has not stopped growing from 1500 until now with one exception: a population decrease at the end of the Nineteenth Century. One of the supposed reasons for this decrease is the Third Carlist War, which affected Catalonia.
Anoia county main source of income is the Tertiary Sector (45%). The another source of income is the Industry (42%).
There is a local council (the Anoia Local Council) to govern the county. It is formed by 33 counselors, one for each town. The Chairman is Marc Castells from CiU.
After these five introduction and miscellanian pages, we ’ ll explain important architectural things of each town in Anoia county (for example their castles). Thirty-three towns. From Argençola to Vilanova del Camí passing through other important towns such as Igualada, Capellades, Calaf or Santa Margarida de Montbui.
It is mostly known for its large tunnel, and for a famous story, called “ El timbaler del Bruc ” . This story says that during the French invasion attempt in Spain made by Napoleon Bonaparte, one kid started to play the drum, and the echo of the drum echoed by all the Montserrat mountain range. Then the French army moved backwards to their country.
Places to visit: Santa Maria del Bruc Church and la Guardia Castle
Masquefa is placed in the south east boundary of the Anoia county.
There are two churchs in Masquefa. The old one, called Sant Pere de Masquefa Church, which consists of one body divided in arches and with an apse. And the new one, called Sant Pere Church, which calls attention for his tower bell, which rise out above the rest of the church.
There is a fireworks factory in Masquefa, with some of the best firecrackers of Catalonia.
Òdena is placed right in the center of the Anoia county.
In Òdena there are few churches such as Sant Bernabé d ’ Aguilera Church, Santa Magdalena de l ’ Espelt Church or Mare de Déu de la Pau Church. This last one church, calls attention for its tower. Unlike most of the churches of the Anoia county, Mare de Déu de la Pau Church, built in 1978, have a cylindrical tower.
Piera is placed in the south east of the Anoia county.
In Piera there is one building that called our attention. It is the Mare de Déu de la Mercè Chapel, notable for its brick face, and for its Tower Bell, with conical crown, glazed ceramic and a parabolic arch at the entry.
Santa Margarida de Montbui is placed right in the center of la Conca d ’ Òdena.
Santa Margarida de Montbui is divided in four areas: Sant Maure neigborhood, Montbui Poble, el Saiò and Colldeguix.
La Tossa Castle built between the Tenth and the Eleventh Century, sorted by Fruià Bishop is the most important place in the town.
The Ox is the most important animal in the town. The reason is this story: It goes back to the time of the Muslim occupation in Spain. The residents in Montbui devised a plan who consisted in tie torches on the horns of oxen, and during the night go uphill, to make believe the Muslims that a whole Christian army was coming to kill them.
Vilanova del Camí is placed in the south east of Igualada.
The only architectural thing to comment is its church, the Sant Hilari Church. The Sant Hilari Church, was initiated in the Fourteenth Century, but redone between 1800 and 1804. What most attracts attention is its octogonal Tower Bell, that rises at the south west angle.
Every single town has got one church and one castle. In the middle ages the people were very religious (that ’ s the reason for churches existence). In the middle ages the towns army needed a place to overlook if enemies came (that ’ s the reason for castles with towers existence).
The majority of the castles have got a polygonal or octogonal tower. The only exception is La Manresa tower in Prats de Rei.
The demography of the county is variable. While some towns population has not increased a lot, some other towns have increased its population between 85% and 100%.
We realize that Anoia is an administrative county. This means that there are a lot of towns which can belong to another county such as Alta Anoia towns or el Monsterratí towns.
A city to recommend to foreign visitors could be Igualada. The reason is that Igualada has got a lot of architectural diversity. More than any other town in the county.