Vilassar de Dalt

 

Vilassar de Dalt is a village with a rich archaeological, natural and industrial heritage. It is a village of steep slope streets, a gateway to the “Serralada Litoral” Park still preserves in its old town, many of the architectural elements that characterize it.

The castle of Vilassar has been declared a historic-artistic monument in 1931 and has undergone many reforms over the centuries. It can be seen from different viewpoints and crowns majestically the center of the town. The church, designed by architect Antoni Fisas, still preserves in its side door remainings of the old Gothic building.

Walking through the streets of the town you can find many characteristic houses such as “Notary”, “there is Doctor”, can “Banús”, can “Salvet” . . . interspersed with streets of lined houses, houses of cós* (traditional houses of the 19th century). It should be emphasised on the large manufacturing buildings, intended for other uses today, which reveal the rich industrial textile past of the town.

As for the archaeological heritage it should be noted all megalithic sites in the area of Can Boquet (Cova de’n Pau, cova de la Granota, etc) as well as the known dolmen de la Roca d’en Toni and, getting back to the village, it can be visited the Roman furnaces of the Fornaca, a Roman pottery of the 3rd century AD converted into a Museum of the archaeological site.

We highlight the theater of Massa, with its majestic dome designed by architect Rafael Guastavino, as a motor of cultural activities providing an ongoing program of activities throughout the year.

As for museums we found the Vilassar de Dalt Archive Museum, that with its ethnographic and archaeological collections gathers many of the witnesses of the past of our villa shown to the public through temporary exhibitions, as well as the Museum Cau del Cargol, one of the most important private collections of malacology in Europe. Finally we highlight Vilassar de Dalt’s rich natural heritage within the Park of the Cordillera Litoral [coastal mountain range], with its pines, holm oaks, streams and fountains providing a privileged space for nature discovery. (EOR)

* The house “casa de cós” or “casa d’un cós” is the traditional urban house of the towns and cities of Catalonia built on a “body”, “patio” or “site”. It is the most common type of home for a family that was developed during the pre-industrial and industrialization in parallel to the development of new urban extensions during the second half of the nineteenth century. [N.T. Taken from viquipèdia at ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_de_cós]