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Verges
Verges

The town of Verges is situated on a small rise on the left bank of the Ter, surrounded by farmland, the Bellcaire millstream and the groves near the river. The medieval nucleus, with its castle and church in the centre, was once ringed by town walls, a good proportion of which are still conserved.

The parish church of Sant Julià, also dedicated to Santa Basilissa, stands at the centre of the medieval town. It still has the semicircular apse and the eastern half of the nave of the former Romanesque church.

The castle was situated to the south of the church, in the place now occupied by the school, the town hall and the square fronting them. There are important remains of the town’s defensive walls and towers from the late Middle Ages.

Verges is famous for the celebration it stages on the night of Maundy Thursday, a passion play performed by a large number of village people. The streets and squares of the town become the setting for a centuries-old version of the Passion and the Maundy Thursday Procession, followed every year by thousands of visitors. One of the most eagerly-awaited moments of the night is announced by the insistent, rustic sound of a large drum. Five costumed characters emerge from the darkness and perform the Dance of Death, with a series of references to the inexorable passing of time and the brevity of human existence. Among all of the traditions of the district, this dance of medieval origin is one of its most valued treasures. On Mardi Gras the village holds its Soup Festival, a popular meal that brings the carnival celebrations to an end.


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