MÃ¡s informaciÃ³n (en catalÃ¡n)
THE CARDÃ“ VALLEY:
Among the cypress trees, in the darkest part of the wood, we can see the Hermitages and the fountains of CardÃ³. They look as if they had been abandoned now that there are not any Carmelite friars.
"CardÃ³, montaÃ±a santa de nuestra querida tierra, yo te veo como otra sierra de nuestra lejana Montserrat, en tu huÃda del pensamiento espectro de la guerra y dejas...el gusto mÃ¡gico...de la felicidad".
It is a poem about the CardÃ³ mountain, in which it is compared to the Montserrat Mountains, very famous and characteristic of Catalunya. It was written by Francisco Planas, a friar that used to spend his holidays in the CardÃ³ Valley, and really loved it.
The monastery and the hermitage of CardÃ³ were founded in 1606. The disalced Carmelites' community started to live there. Near the monastery there were a set of fourteen hermitages spread along all the Desert of CardÃ³.
There are still there the hermitages of San JosÃ©, San Roc, San SimeÃ³n or the Ermita de la Columna, Santa AgnÃ©s, y Santa Margarita de Borboll (see the plane of the Desert of CardÃ³ for knowing the exact situation).
In the last thirty years of the 19th.century, it was created a thermal, using the medicinal properties of the water (very rich in bicarbonate and arsenic). The water, which flows from some fountains, was declared of public interest in 1887.
The thermal was a republican hospital in 1938. It was again opened as a thermal in 1967. The waters are sold nowadays.
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