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  • 1. Knowing Anoia County Research Project 4 th ESO Team Members: Francesc Jorba, Marc Ortego, Aitor Urbano.
  • 2. Index
    • Anoia in Catalonia.
    • Map.
    • Anoia Specific Information.
    • The Towns: One by One.
    • The Towns.
  • 3. Anoia in Catalonia Anoia is placed at the middle of Catalonia. Painted in red, Anoia county.
  • 4. Map Anoia county has got 33 towns. The capital is Igualada.
  • 5. Anoia Specific Information
    • 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.
  • 6. The Towns: One by One
    • 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.
  • 7. The Towns
    • Argençola .
    • Bellprat.
    • Bruc.
    • Cabrera d ’ Anoia.
    • Calaf.
    • Calonge de Segarra.
    • Capellades.
    • Carme.
    • Castellfollit de Riubregós.
    • Castellolí.
    • Copons.
    • Els Prats de Rei.
    • Hostalets de Pierola.
    • Igualada.
    • Jorba.
    • La Llacuna
    • La Pobla de Claramunt.
    • La Torre de Claramunt.
    • Masquefa.
    • Montmaneu.
    • Ódena.
    • Orpí.
    • Piera.
    • Pujalt.
    • Rubió.
    • Sant Martí de Tous.
    • Sant Martí de Sesgueioles.
    • Sant Pere Sallavinera.
    • Santa Margarida de Montbui.
    • Santa Maria de Miralles.
    • Vallbona.
    • Veciana.
    • Vilanova del Camí.
    Anoia have 33 towns. Here you are the list, by alphabetical order .
  • 8. Argençola
    • Argençola is divided in some little villages: Clariana, la Goda, Carbasí i els Albarells, Porquerisses, Contrast, Rocamora d ’ Argençola and Tolosa.
    • Places to visit: Argençola Castle and Cal Morera Gothic arts.
  • 9. Bellprat
    • The less populated town in the county.
    • It belongs to Prelitoral Catalonian Mountain Range .
    • Places to visit: Sant Jaume Church, Sant Salvador de Bellprat Church and Queralt Castle.
  • 10. El Bruc
    • 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
  • 11. Cabrera d ’ Anoia
    • It limits with the Alt Penedès county.
    • The 80% of the territory is occuped by vegetation.
    • Something interesting in Cabrera could be Sant Miquel Church, Santa Eulàlia Chapel or Sant Salvador Church.
  • 12. Calaf
    • Calaf is placed in the north of the county.
    • It is mostly known for its street market, and for their low temperatures in autumn and winter.
    • Places to visit: Sant Jaume de Calaf Church and Sant Francesc convent.
  • 13. Calonge de Segarra
    • Calonge de Segarra is placed in the north of Calaf plateau.
    • Even that Calonge is a little town, there is one thing to see there: Sant Pere de l ’ Arç Church, with a very beautiful altarpiece.
  • 14. Capellades
    • Capellades is placed in the south of the county. Itis the smaller town of all.
    • Mostly known for the Molí Paperer Museum and the Abric Romaní Neanderthal site.
    • Another things to visit are: Guasch Tower and Carquinyoli Fountain.
  • 15. Carme
    • Carme is placed in the south of Igualada, at the valley of the Carme creek.
    • There are a few things to visit in Carme, for example: the Carme mill, Collbàs Sanctuary or Sant Martí de Carme church.
  • 16. Castellfollit de Riubregós
    • Castellfollit de Riubregós is the most northern town in the Anoia county.
    • It belongs to the Solsona bishopric .
    • Something interesting to see is for example Santa Maria del Priorat monastery.
  • 17. Castellolí
    • Castellolí is placed in the east of la Conca d ’ Odena in a valley formed by torrents which forms the Castellolí creek, another Anoia river affluent.
    • The most known place at Castellolí is his Circuit.
    • Castellolí has one church: Sant Pere i Sant Feliu de la Vall d ’ Aguilera Church.
  • 18. Copons
    • Copons is placed in the north west of Igualada, near to the Calaf plateau.
    • Things to see in this town are the Santa Maria de Copons Church, and the Sant Pere de Comalats Church.
  • 19. Hostalets de Pierola
    • Hostalets de Pierola is placed in the south east of the Anoia county.
    • A part from els Hostalets which is the main village, there are also Pierola ’ s farmhouse, Can Pujol, Can Fontimarc, Can Fosalba and Can Marcet.
    • Els Hostalets de Pierola has got a beautiful church: Sant Pere dels Hostalets Church
  • 20. Igualada
    • Igualada is placed at the left of the Anoia river, in the center of La Conca d ’ Òdena.
    • It is the capital of Anoia county, and also the most populated city in the county.
    • Igualada has got probably the most beautiful church of all the county: Santa Maria d ’ Igualada Church .
    • Unlike to another towns of the county, Igualada have some statues such as: Neptune statue, Prometheus statue or Hercules statue.
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  • 22. Jorba
    • Jorba is placed in the left of the Anoia river.
    • Mare de Deu de la Sala Hermitage and the Jorba Cemetery are the two more beautiful places in Jorba.
  • 23. La Llacuna
    • La Llacuna is placed in the extreme south west of the Anoia county.
    • Things to see in La Llacuna could be Vilademàger Castle, Foratmicó tower, or Sant Josep Church, built in 1985 with some gothic style.
  • 24. La Pobla de Claramunt
    • La Pobla de Claramunt is placed in the center of Anoia county.
    • The most interesting place in la Pobla is its castle, the Claramunt Castle.
    • The Claramunt Castle is a medieval castle, with romanesque style, built in the Tenth Century, in La Guardia mountain range, at the right of the Anoia river.
  • 25. La Torre de Claramunt
    • La Torre de Claramunt is placed in the south east of Igualada.
    • As its name suggests, we can visit la Torre de Claramunt Castle, in which we can find the tower.
    • Another thing to point out architecturally talking, is the Sant Joan Baptista Church, nice to see thanks to the octogonal Tower Bell that it has.
  • 26. Masquefa
    • 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.
  • 27. Montmaneu
    • Montmaneu is placed in the west of the county, near to the area of La Panadella.
    • The main parish of the town, is dedicated to Santa María.
    • Another place to visit in Montmaneu is the Mare de Déu de la Creu Sanctuary.
  • 28. Òdena.
    • 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.
  • 29. Orpí
    • Orpí is placed in the south of the Anoia county.
    • In Orpí we can visit the Orpí Castle, the Sant Miquel Church, notable for its octogonal Tower Bell or the Santa Càndia Church, notable for its rectangular door.
  • 30. Piera
    • 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.
  • 31. Prats de Rei
    • Prats de Rei is placed in the south of la Segarra Calafina, near to the valley which form a creek which later will be the Anoia river.
    • In Prats de Rei we can highlight the Santa Maria dels Prats de Rei Church, notable for its octogonal Tower Bell crowned by a balustrade.
  • 32. Pujalt
    • Pujalt is placed in the north of the Anoia county, at the limit with la Segarra County, at the west of the Calaf plateau.
    • In Pujalt we can visit the Sant Andreu de Pujalt Church, notable for its polygonal Tower Bell.
  • 33. Rubió
    • Rubió is placed in the north east of the Anoia county.
    • Rubió is mostly known for its Wind Turbines Park, consisted in 33 wind turbines, which can produce energy for more than 30000 homes, and which can avoid the annual emission of 110000 tons of CO 2 .
  • 34. Sant Martí Sesgueioles
    • Sant Martí Sesgueioles is a little town (only 3 Km 2 ), placed at the Calaf plateau.
    • Sesgueioles has got a church, called Sant Martí de Sesgueioles Church, which is notable for his quadrilateral Tower Bell.
  • 35. Sant Martí de Tous
    • Sant Martí de Tous is placed in the south of the Anoia county, at the limit of la Conca de Barberà county.
    • Interesting places in this town could be: the Tous Castle (restored in 1960) or Santa Maria de la Roqueta Romanesque Church.
  • 36. Sant Pere Sallavinera
    • Sant Pere Sallavinera is placed in the north east of the Anoia county, at the south side of els Boixadors hill.
    • In this town we can visit: els Boixadors Castle (notable for its Blessed Sink) .
  • 37. Santa Margarida de Montbui
    • 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.
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  • 39. Santa Maria de Miralles
    • Santa Maria de Miralles is placed in the south west of the Anoia county, at the limit with l ’ Alt Camp county and la Conca de Barberà county.
    • In this town is important to see the Miralles Castle and the Sant Romà church, used as a school during the Spanish Civil War.
  • 40. Vallbona d ’ Anoia
    • Vallbona is placed in the left of the Anoia river, that separates it from Cabrera.
    • Architecturally we can highlight Cal Baiona face with ionian columns, and Cal Pons gothic windows.
  • 41. Veciana
    • Veciana is placed in the north west of the Anoia county, between the Calaf plateau and the Segarra plateau.
    • Something to see in Veciana is: Sant Pere del Vim Church .
  • 42. Vilanova del Cami
    • 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.
  • 43. Conclusions
    • 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.
  • 44. THE END