The force of water and earth / The Romanesque which stands the test of time

L’Estany is the highest village of the Moianès region. It is located in the northwest of the region of Bages at an altitude of 870 metres and it is surrounded by mountains ranging between 900 and 1,020 metres high.

The clayey soil and high rainfall turned the valley into a catchment area which became waterlogged and subsequently formed a lake of about 300,000 m2. Hence, the name of the village of L’Estany (which means lake in Catalan).

Carles de Cardona, the last abbot of the monastery, undertook the drainage of the lake, to eradicate a source of mosquitoes and malaria, and to gain new lands for farming as well. For this purpose, in 1554, he commissioned the construction of a sluiceway, which was lengthened and improved in 1735, resulting in the Mine of l’Estany.

The small village also boasts one of the most notable monuments of the Catalan Romanesque, the Santa Maria de L’Estany Monastery.


394 Inhabitants (2018)
10,25 km2
870 metres above sea level

Places of interest

The Dark Street

The oldest and best preserved of whitch date from the 16th century

Puig Caritat

Excellent outlook over the Pyrenees

The Mine

Used for drying out the pond

Santa Maria de L’Estany Monastery

Cultural Asset of National Interest

Centre de Visitants de L’Estany – Itineraris turístics i culturals

Informació de L’Estany i de la comarca del Moianès


Situat a les antigues dependències del monestir

La Biblioteca

Situada a les dependències del Monestir

La Creu del Terme

Creu ornamental

Les Fonts de L’Estany

Es mereixen també una visita

Mirador de la Serreta

Per contemplar els Pirineus