In 1194 King Alfons I founded the first Carthusian monastery on the Iberian peninsula.  Over the next several centuries the Carthusian monks of Escaladei had jurisdiction over the 6 villages that now comprise the Priorat, and cultivated vineyards in the region,  making wine for their own consumption as well as for the Eucharist.  In 1835, the Spanish government authorized the auctioning of church property (both as a source of income for the state and a way to diminish the power of the Church).  This resulted in the ransacking and burning of the monastery, the remains of which can be seen today. 

Reconstruction of a cell.

Montsant mountain rangeOld cellar in town.


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