The origin of the church is from the Romanesque period. Based on its stylistic characteristics it can be dated to the last third of the 12th century, although there is already documented evidence of the parish in the 11th century. During the 18th century the church was rebuilt, as the old church had been badly damaged, and its original façade was respected. Work began in 1740 and the church was blessed in 1745.
Image of the square in front of the Santa Maria Church in Cistella. Part of the entrance door and its bell tower can be seen. It is a building that has undergone several rebuilds and construction works since the original Romanesque church. However, if there is one element that must be highlighted, it is its spectacular portal. There are the beautifully decorated original archivolts supported by two columns with typical Romanesque capitals. The houses surrounding the church completed the sacred land and the old town. The picture taken by Josep Maria Cañellas at the end of the 19th century, already shows the total loss of its original plaster work. The rough-cut stone can be observed, part of the building which has survived to the present day. The photograph forms part of the Rubaudonadeu Collection which is preserved in the Fages de Climent Library in Figueres.
Carrer Del Centre 18, 17741 Cistella, Provincia de Gerona, España