The dominion of land
Discovering l’Estany means learning about the human capacity to transform the territory depending on the needs and the existing technology. This itinerary includes footpaths to and from l’Estany which define its cultural landscape.
Without the existence of the monastery and its social, economic and political authority, it would be impossible to understand the creation of the village of l’Estany and its urban development featuring narrow streets which outline the orography of its territory. The need for cropland transformed its landscape. Hard to believe though it may seem, forests disappeared and dry-stone structures, such as walls and cabins, started appearing all over the territory.
Building dry-stone boundary walls would enable agricultural production to increase considerably.
Annual transhumance also left its imprint. Some of the paths that border the former lake still exist and are in use.