Cervià de les Garrigues

Les Besses, an ancient settlement (the 13th century) in Cervià de les Garrigues

Within the area of the village there are ruins of an ancient settlement of Les Besses. It was founded in 1225, when the Village Charter was  granted to Arnau Punyet and his wife. In 1265 the couple got a licence for building a parish church. The Les Besses is situated on the right bank of the River Set, downstream of Cervià de les Garrigues. There are ruins of the old feudal castle on top of a rock and  of the ancient village houses. The church of Santa Maria de Les Besses  was restored in 1973. It is an interesting Romanesque-to-Gothic transition building, with a rectangular plan, pointed arches, corbels, and a door with a keystone to the north.