Vic Medieval Art Museum - Museu Episcopal de Vic (MEV)
Premier Religious medieval art museum of 29,000 artefacts distributed over 4 floors of space that includes paintings, sculptures, jewellery & iron work
Vic cathedral, full name - Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, was founded in the 11th century in the lower part of the historical centre, close to the river and is a mix of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassic building stles.
Religious buildings have existed on this site since 516AD in the Roman town. The first stone of the current church was laid on September 24, 1781 and was consecrated on September 15, 1803. The project is the work of the vigata Josep Moreta i Codina, in neoclassical style.
The crypt and the Romanesque bell tower survive from that period. Noteworthy features in the present-day neoclassical cathedral include the 14th century Gothic cloister and the alabaster altarpiece by Pere Oller, in the same style. From the baroque period, the chapel dedicated to Sant Bernat Calbe is a particular highlight.
Josep Maria Sert was commissioned to decorate the walls and ceilings of the interior. Sert finished the paintings on all the walls in 1930 and, in 1931, the cathedral was declared Historic Artistic Monument. Shortly after, during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the cathedral was burned and part of the building sank. Restored, Josep Maria Sert re-painted the walls, since the paintings had been totally destroyed in the fire. This new version of the oils was finished in 1945.
The cathedral is free to visit. The 14th Century cloisters and small side chapels have a fee of 2 euros. Opening times and ticket prices can be found on the Vic Tourism website.
Vic Cathedral opening hours
Summer: 09:00h to 13:00h and 17:00h to 20:00h.
Winter: 09:00h to 13:00h and 17:00h to 19:00h.
Vic Cathedral mass schedule
Weekdays: 09:00h in the crypt.
Sunday and public holiday's: 11:30h at the high altar.
Other celebrations: Thursdays at 18:30h Eucharistic prayer.
Address: Plaza de la Catedral, Vic. 08500
For the Vic day trip I pack a small 10L rucksack with a fleece jersey and if the weather forcast says rain, a waterproof poncho.
You may be asked to remove your hat before entering Vic Cathedral. Equally you may be denied entry if under dressed (Miniskirts, hot pants, see through clothes etc).
Access to Vic Cathedral is via 6 shallow steps or via a ramp to the right. Once in the cathedral the isles are wide with no changes in level. The crypt is only accessible by stairs.