Parochial church

This is the town’s focal point, dating back to 950 and has undergone many extensions over the years. 

The original romanesque construction was totally destroyed in 942. The current building owes its origin to a new construction, completed 8 years later at the point of its consecration. Later, during the gothic period, significant extensions were made. The main structure and the bell tower, which is a 35m high square tower made of local granite, remain. The entire structure was modified on several occasions as of 1805, culminating in the neoclassical extension of 1832, which resulted in the current building which is 37m long and 21m wide, with a dome that reaches 21m high. Inside, you can see images of Sant Salvador and Santa Coloma, both by Esteve Monegal, as well as sculptures by Josep Martí i Sabé, a recognised local sculptor, draughtsman and painter.

It is located in the centre of the town, in the oldest part, next to Farners Square and at the edge of the commercial hub. It is the point that experiences most movement in the town, and is an important space for events such as the Ratafia Festival, the Ratafia Herb Market or the Catalan Revolt Festival, among others. Here around the church and Farners Square is where the Monday market is held.

Practical information: can be visited. The church will remain closed except for when mass is celebrated.

Bell Tower: 

Its one of the symbols of Santa Coloma. It’s 36 meters high, and it was built with ashlars of local granite. It has the shape of a square tower, and it’s attached to the church. Furthermore, it’s believed that the inferior ashlars could have belonged to the ancient Romanesque church. The rest of the ashlars are from the 15th - 16th century, the moment in which the church was extended with stones from an old castle, the castle of Sant Esperit, which had been destroyed. 

The bell tower has four windows, on the east and west sides, placed in pairs, forming two floors. The north and south sides have two windows on the first floor and one on the second floor which is bigger than the rest. 

The clock: located at the highest part of the bell tower, dates from 1908. It has four spheres and each one of them is located on one of the four sides of the bell tower. It measures 1.5 meters in diameter and the hands are 72 and 55 cm. The clock was bought for 2,500 pesetas and nowadays, it works through a radio control system. 

The bells: In 1545 the bishop of Girona visited Santa Coloma. In the documents in which this is said, the existence of two bells was also stated. In the beginning of the 18th century there were three bells. However, the first of which we have detailed information is the bell of Our Lady of Sorrows: placed in 1831, it had been cast by the master bell founding from Barcelona, Bonaventura Pallés. In 1891 the bells that mark the hours and the quarters were placed on a level under the clock. In contrast, the interior bells are three (two from 1880 and one from 1964) are the ones that ring on religious functions. 

Fun fact: Each one of the bells has a name. They are called Dolors, Josefa, Sebastiana, Concepció, Maria, Teresa, Salvadora, Montserrat, Emília i Coloma.

Address: Plaça Bisbe Gotmar 4

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