This is a museum with three areas
The opening of the new Museum of Sant Boi in Can Barraquer was a major milestone in recovering and promoting Sant Boi’s cultural and historic heritage. This new facility, in the heart of the town’s historical centre, is close to the Roman Baths and Can Torrents, the old manor house built on Roman walls and the current headquarters of the Municipal Historical Archive. These features, together with the recovery of the Benviure Tower, make up Sant Boi’s current museum area, providing a tour of history featuring Roman, medieval and modern remains.
The Sant Boi Museum also promotes the conservation of its natural environment, the Llobregat River and the Montbaig, a natural heritage necessary for healthy community life.
The Museum of Sant Boi’s activities
We do research to discover and extend knowledge about local history, carefully investigating and examining all the remains and evidence of the past using different research methods.
We do conservation work to take care of the objects placed in the museum that form part of its collection, preventing them from becoming altered or destroyed.
We spread the knowledge, so that the general public can learn of the results of the research carried out by the museum, etc.
We create stimulating activities, to infuse our cultural heritage with dynamic life. Heritage is not like a fossil; it is something which, with sufficient study and care, can allow for infinite uses and activities to be created without altering its intrinsic values.
Sant Boi’s Roman baths are private baths belonging to a Roman villa during the gradual fall of the empire and are the best preserved ones in Catalonia. They were built in the late second century AD, one of the greatest periods of economic splendour in the area thanks to wine production, and they were used until the fifth century AD.
The baths were made up of two bodies of parallel buildings. One of them contained the cold rooms: the apodyterium
(changing room), the frigidarium
and the piscinalis
(cold room and pool). The other housed the hot rooms: the tepydarium (warm room) sudatorium (steam room) and caldarium (hot bathing room).
Also, under the frigidarium
there was a place for manufacturing amphorae from 30-20 BC..
In the seventeenth century a house was built on top of it, which has allowed it to remain better preserved. The Roman baths were officially opened in 1998 with their current roofing and appearance. In July 2016 have been declared by the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia as a "National Cultural Heritage
The medieval defensive tower of Benviure was built in the 10th
century to defend the city of Barcelona from attacks from the kingdoms of Al-Andalus. Together with other buildings such as the Tower of Laurel (Torre del Llor
), the Salbana Tower, and the castles of Eramprunyà (957), Castelldefels (967) and Sant Boi (969), they all defined the borderlands with the Muslim kingdoms known as the Spanish March.
The Torre Benviure was built on top of an ancient Iberian settlement. The building was located in a place of great strategic importance to watch over a large territory stretching from the coastal mountain range to the rich soils of the Llobregat delta, located at an important crossroads between Barcelona and Tarragona, which followed the old Roman roads that gradually formed a network of roads protected by the king: the Royal Way (Camí Ral
As the Christian reconquest of the peninsula advanced, the region began to be repopulated, and the tower became the residence of the feudal Lord of Benviure. The wild, wooded landscape encouraged King Joan I himself to spend time in the tower to go hunting in the area.
The new museum is located in Can Barraquer, a 17th
century manor house where Rafael Casanova spent the last years of his life. It is the headquarters of the Museum of Sant Boi.
Sant Boi: time and space
Located on the first floor of Can Barraquer, this exhibition provides a summary of the local history from the Iberian period to the present day, passing through Roman times, the Middle Ages and the modern and contemporary periods. Its collections come from archaeological excavations and private donations.
The tour includes spectacular archaeological findings around the entrance to take the visitor on a journey through time.
Rafael Casanova and his time
This historical display, located on the second floor, focuses on the Chief Minister of Barcelona, Rafael Casanova, with an interactive re-enactment of the defence of the city from its walls.