11th-century church emerges from reservoir as drought grips Catalonia

This summer, a church unique in the world, located in central Catalonia, has piqued the curiosity of thousands of locals and tourists as it emerged out of the water and became fully visible for the first time in many years.

Normally, this 11th-century church of little architectural or historical value apart from its strange location and setting is almost entirely submerged under water. 

However, in the summer of 2022, the drought in Catalonia progressively worsened and worsened, to the point that the church is now entirely visible – and for the first time in many people’s memory, even parts of a nearby cemetery and school are also emerging from the water. 

These buildings were part of a town that was known as Sant Romà de Sau, which was sunken in the early 1960s to create the Sau reservoir. It was part of a controversial plan that saw various towns across Catalonia and Spain sent beneath the water. Around 150 people lived there in the middle of the 20th century, and Àngel Font is possibly the last resident of the original town alive who still remembers how it looked. 

ACN | Barcelona

September 16, 2022 09:06 PM

September 21, 2022 11:18 AM