The comarca (county) of El Ripollès is home to Catalan Romanesque heritage of the first order. A wealth of Romanesque architecture extends to every corner of the area, and the sheer number of these structures means that El Ripollès boasts one of the most abundant clusters of Romanesque art in Europe, with more than 98 sites spread through every municipality. There is a rich concentration of these close to Queralbs and in the Ribes valley.
The church of Sant Jaume in Queralbs
The church was consecrated in the 10th century and, two centuries later, was rebuilt to keep up with the increasing local population.
The building, with its single nave, has ribbed vaulting as the original roof was damaged by an earthquake in 1428.
The most interesting feature of the church is the porch, made up of six arches supported by blue marble columns. It is one of the best-preserved porches of its kind. Human, animal and fantastic figures are carved on the capitals. They are clearly influenced by the Roselló school of sculpture.