Diagnosis of the archaeological set of Santa Maria del Palau in Torroella de Montgrí

Project dossier written in:
  • Fortià Arquitectes
Writting team director:
  • Josep Maria Fortià
Collaborators:
  • Elisa Hernández, archaeologist; Adela Geli, architect; Paula Oliver, architecture student; Jordi Bonshoms, surveyor
Promoter:
  • Torroella de Montgrí Town Council

The group is located in the north-western foothills of the Montgrí massif, in the municipality of Torroella de Montgrí (Girona). The church is in a state of neglect, although a good part of the architectural structure is preserved. A previous investigation has allowed us to relate it to some high-medieval churches of the region. As for the environment, we find a series of archaeological remains of varying height, which indicate a close relationship with a population of Roman and medieval times.


The intervention is organized in a series of phases in which different aspects are contemplated:


1) A first phase is a general diagnosis, and consists of a historical and archaeological analysis to know the status and origin of the Roman villa in the vicinity of the church. This study will also help us to make a structural and constructive diagnosis with respect to the foundations and facings of the church, in order to know in depth the phases from an archaeological and historical point of view. It will be interesting to know the historical mortars and materials used since they will surely influence the intervention and decision making.


2) The next phase consists of the action in the whole of the church, introduced by the rubble and archaeological and architectural study, accompanied by an archaeological excavation.


3) Next we have the performance in the town of Palau, once the church is ready.


4) Finally, we intend to carry out a kind of musealization, since currently the church is not visitable, therefore a consolidation action will be necessary.

 

We are currently in phase 2 and we are working on the following stages of the project.