Santa Maria d'Oló

A journey to the Romanesque and the Baroque

Santa Maria d’Oló, to the north of the Moianès region, is surrounded by spectacular scenery of fields and woodlands. The old town is situated at an altitude of 542 metres. This historic centre developed on top of the hill around the old castle and the Santa Maria church, and at present it has grown and includes the districts of La Rovirola and Santa Eulàlia.

The old country house of Rocabruna, the stable of Solà de Sant Esteve and the parish of Sant Joan d’Oló belong to the municipality of Oló. The basic river system is made up of La Gavarresa, and the Oló and Malrubí brooks.

The first references to the town date back to the year 889, and the castle is mentioned for the first time in 930.

After the extinction of the Oló lineage and after being sold several times, the castle became a dependency of l’Estany Monastery in 1364. Although the inhabitants of Oló tried on several occasions to recover the castle, the true redemption did not occur until 1597.

With regard to the economic activity, the development of wool industry and wool processing from the 17th century is remarkable. Bordering the region of Bages, which gave Santa Maria the economic stimulus later reflected by its factories, the town summarises the Catalan way of life in the last century and a half, where the rural world, still very active, has been gradually replaced by industrialization.

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1043 Inhabitants (2018)
66,18 km2
542 metres above sea level

Places of interest

The modernist heritage

Josep Puig I Cadafalch’s works

The Baroque Heritage

The Santa Maria and Sant Joan d’Oló churches

The Romanesque Heritage

Romanesque style churches and chapels

Natural Heritage

Surrounded by forests

The old Town

Narrow streets and stone houses

Barraques de vinya d’Oló

Patrimoni arquitectònic rural

El Bray d’Oló

Formació geològica

El Castell

Construcció medieval

El mirador de Santa Maria d’Oló

Magnífica panoràmica

Església Nova

Art modern religiós

Església parroquial de Sant Joan d’Oló

Magnífics retaules barrocs

La Font del Roc

Zona recreativa

Molins

Restes de molins

Sant Jaume de Vilanova

De planta rodona

Sant Joan Vell

Antiga parròquia

Sant Miquel d’Oló

Capella d’estil rural

Santa Creu de La Plana

Benedicció de camps i conreus