I.The Castle route


Time: 30-40 minutes This route starts from the Plaça Major (Main Square) of the village and takes visitors to Fonda Cal Tampanada, where Picasso stayed while he was in Gósol (Spain). It then continues along Carrer de la Canal, where it is possible to see typical local houses along the route up to the Castle. These include Cal Antonet, Cal Tinent, Cal Masover, which exhibit typical elements of decoration dating from the period and carefully produced by local smiths and craftsmen. The route passes the Ermita del Roser (Hermitage of Roser), from which it is possible to enjoy a view over the whole village of Gósol. It finally arrives at the old, medieval, walled village, popularly known as the Castell de Gósol (Gósol Castle), where Picasso discovered scenery full of mysticism and inspiration. The Castle is a fortified enclosure that still maintains its original urban layout where it is possible to observe the remains of houses from the original settlement. Part of the wall encloses the north side of this space and the area which contains the castle and the church of Santa Maria de Gósol, with its bell tower and former watchtower.

1. Cal Tampanada.

The present facade of the Fonda Cal Tampanada (the local inn), where Picasso lived during his stay in Gósol in 1906.
In this photo it is possible to observe the room - upper balcony on the left- where Picasso stayed with Fernande Olivier and where he painted "Cases de Gósol" (Houses in Gósol).
In his work Cases de Gósol Picasso recorded the view of the Plaça Major as it looked at that time. The painting was probably based on the view from one of the windows of the Hostal Cal Tampanada, where Picasso and Fernande stayed during their visit to the village. In the background, it is possible to see the remains of the walls of the original settlement.
Explanatory text taken from the book "Picasso 1905-1906. De l'època rosa als Ocres de Gósol" (Picasso 1905-1906. From the pink period to the ochres of Gósol). Ed Electa. Ajuntament de Barcelona. Barcelona 1992. pg. 307

2. Houses along the route to the Castle.

Designer ring of the type made by the blacksmiths of Gósol and found on many local porches.

Cal Tinent:

House where Mr Tinent lived. . They spent many hours playing cards together with the elderly Mr Josep Fontdevila of the Fonda de Cal Tampanada.
The former porch of the church of Sta. Maria de Gósol, which is now the porch of Cal Masover, a house on the way up to the Castle.

3. Ermita del Roser.

4. Castell de Gósol: walled medieval town.

From a historic point of view, this is a very interesting group of buildings. It is possible to study the layout of the walled town of the 13th century and the ruins of Gósol are unique in Catalunya. The ruins of the Castle are located on top of the mount that stabds above the present village.
In the background, it is possible to observe the Serra d'Ensija (Ensija Ridge).
The Romanesque style sculptures and murals play an important role in explaining one of the hypotheses for the evolution of Picasso's work towards Cubism.





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