La Pobla de Cérvoles
It is a mountain village situated at the foot of Serra de la Llena (mountain range). This mountain range is 15 km long and between 900 m and 1025 m high.
The land area of Pobla de Cérvoles is 6,221 hectares and there are 206 inhabitants with a rising tendency, even though its population doubles in the summer season.
The church was built in 1728 above the remains of a Romanesque church. Inside, in the shrine above the altar, we find Mare de Déu de la Jonquera (Virgin). This Virgin is the Patroness of Pobla. In the church you can admire a Baroque organ (built by Anton Cases in about 1752) with an exquisite polychromy, which was completely restored by Wilfried Praet. In summer, several concerts performed by well-known organ players take place in the church as part of Cicle de Concerts dels Orgues de Catalunya (programme of organ concerts of Catalunya); throughout the year it accompanies lithurgic songs. You can also see the mural paintings at the high altar from the year 2000, a daring mural work by Lleida’s famous painter Victor P. Pallarés, instead of the magnificent unfortunately-destroyed Baroque altarpiece.
Ermita de Sant Miquel (hermitage) was built in 1610. It housed the image of Mare de Déu de la Jonquera (Virgin) until it was moved to the parish church. It was then when the chapel began to worship St Michael the Archangel and since then the Gothic altarpiece of Saint Michael by Bernat Martorell was hung in the chapel until the beginning of the 20th century when it was moved to Tarragona for its restoration; nowadays it is found in Tarragona’s Cathedral.
Currently, you can see a replica of this altarpiece by painter Salvador Jané in the Ermita de Sant Miquel (hermitage).
The old Molí de la Societat, a mill from 1870, is worth visiting. Nowadays it houses the modern Town Hall and the Ecomuseu de l’Oli (Olive Oil Ecomuseum).
In the Ecomuseum there are displays explaining the history of the olive tree, the features of its harvest, the process of obtaining olive oil, the tools used, etc. We also find the two key items: the millstone and the press; the 12-metre press is an example of one of the four presses that there used to be when the mill was working.
Opposite the building there is a monument built in honour of Josep Espasa i Anguera (Pobla de Cérvoles 1840 – Barcelona 1911), a prominent son of this village and founder of Enciclopèdia Espasa.
Three kilometres away there is Arborètum de les Garrigues Dr. Barberà (a botanical park which is still being extended).