Coll de Santa Caterina

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This is the Coll de Santa Caterina, the first step on the route to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina, nestling in the middle of the Montgrí Massif. It was founded in around 1392 by three monks from Montserrat, Bartomeu Cabotes, Pere Trasió and Berenguer Desguell, in honour of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, the co-patron of Torroella de Montgrí.

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, famine, wars and epidemics made Santa Caterina an especially important site of popular devotion. This is why, on 25 November, the saint’s day, a gathering is celebrated there in honour of this saint, to whom the salvation of the town of Torroella de Montgrí from these scourges is attributed.