Historical itinerary through Poblet wood

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Distance: 13,570 km.

Route type: circular.

Level of difficulty: medium.

Ascent: 561 m ascent and descent.

Signposted itinerary with the number 2.

Magnificent tour of the shady side of the Serra de Prades in the term of Vimbodí i Poblet. Along the route we can observe old exploitations, constructions and places closely linked to the history of Poblet wood and the monastery which will help to discover the historic importance and centuries-long use of what is now the protected area of Poblet Nature Park. 

The Cistercian monastic order, a branch of the Benedictine order, was founded in 1098 by St Robert in Cîteaux in Burgundy, and spread over Europe in the 12th century thanks in a large part to the efforts of Bernard de Clairvaux. The Catalan monarchs entrusted the monks with the foundation of major centres, endowed with abundant farming land, which managed to stabilise the economy and the demography of New Catalonia. The monasteries were built in strategic places with plenty of water and followed strict rules. Around the centre were different buildings: rooms, hospitals, chapels for nobles or servants and craftsmen; beyond the walls were the agricultural exploitations where manor houses and farmhouses were built. As the centuries went by the enormous monastic and ecclesiastical power became obsolete and unjust and brought about serious dysfunctions in the economic and social system of the country. The so-called Mendizàbal disamortisation in the first half of the 19th century culminated a long process which had begun in the late 18th century and meant that a large part of the unused taxable properties (lands) of the Church passed into the hands of the state or those of private individuals through auctions. The consequences for the surroundings of Poblet and the monastery itself, however, were deadly, In the early 20th century the state intervened and gradually, under the direction of the engineer Josep Reig, the wood was replanted, roads, forestry tracks and the new houses El Titllar, La Pena and Castellfollit were built. In 1984 the surroundings were declared a Site of National Interest. 

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