Even when Arnau de Torroja was a civilian mine who lived in a very distant century, still I guess some of the sensations that made vibrate his soul to very specific works of art pious. I refer not only to the apse of the Church of our city, but that, given the strategic military position of the castle of Cardona, about 30 km away from Solsona, surely he must have seen scenes of the vaults painted for the Church of Santa Maria de Cardona, who are today exposed at the Museu d Romanic Barcelona Art (MNAC), which dates back to the year 1040. Placing under them, today anyone can connect with admiration that should have felt the pious young man, since frescoes in Romanesque architecture of the Temple of Santa Maria de Solsona there is no trace. These constructions Romance are still visible in the Cathedral of la Seu d’Urgell, and for non-Catalan has them serve the Church of Santa Juliana in the Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar, both from the 12th century. CONTEXT SOCIO – POLITICIAN during the youth of ARNAU DE TORROJA warn Arnau de Torroja was born when the count of Barcelona, Ramon Berenguer III, sought political alliances between the Catalan nobles who would make it possible with the time, which all together were able to wage war against the Muslims in major cities.
The taifas had in them their strategic communications points, and were the most important capitals within the so-called new Catalonia. Within a decade the entire field of Tarragona grew from no man’s land to fields cultivated by conflictivo Christians sent there by the catalan sovereign decided to overcome the companies of their ancestors in the unification of the country by force of arms and with the help of his Christian faith. Still, were a few years when it was still unthinkable that Tortosa was the origin of a discord between Catalonia and Aragon, as then happened.