Sant Joan de Bedenga

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Sant Joan de Bedenga or Sant Joan de Bellcaire is another fine example of the village’s great historical heritage.

Its two possible names are because the town of Bellcaire used to be called “Bedenga”, as shown by a papal bull from Sylvester II from 1002 which mentions this parish of “Sancti Iohannis que est in Bedenga”. When the Count of Empúries had the castle built at the top of the town, the parish church was moved from Saint John to the chapel of Saint Mary which is attached to the palace.

Before you is a hermitage with a great deal of history, as it is thought to have been built on remains from the Roman era. It is now listed in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia.