Sant Pere del Bosc
It is an unique environment, with its majestic building, old benedictine monastery, great historical heritatge built by Puig i Cadafalch. Also it provided shelter for the more vulnerable people thanks to the generosity of Nicolau Font i Maig, Indian of the time. AT PRESENT IT IS A PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENT.
Situated 5 km from the town centre, in former times this estate belonged to the fishermen’s guild. It dates back to the 10th century and contains a small chapel called Mare de Déu de Gràcia (Our Lady of Grace). When the Indiano* Nicolau Font i Maig purchased the site he built this chapel and carried out many refurbishments and decorative works, of which La Creu (The Cross) and L’Àngel (The Angel) are stand-out examples.
The chapel was originally called Sant Pere Salou. It is said that members of the Benedictine order lived in the monastery until it was set on fire by French invaders in 1694, after which the monks joined the order of Sant Pere de Galligans and the monastery was closed. The statue of Our Lady of Grace was moved to the parish church where it continues to be venerated by devotees. In 1789 the chapel was rebuilt in a baroque style, in contrast with the Gothic style of its predecessor.
But it was not until 1860 that the golden age of Sant Pere began, when the chapel and grounds were purchased by Nicolau Font i Maig, known as the “Count of Jaruco”. The estate was and remains the most majestic in Lloret.
Mr. Font i Maig was able to hear mass without getting out of bed through a lattice screen located above the main altar. The mortal remains of the family rest in marble tombs located in the chapel crypt. The festivities of 1st May, the day on which the anniversary of the chapel has been celebrated since 1703, have a very traditional and popular flavour.
The Sanctuary is located a long way from the town and people would make all the preparations the night before ready for the climb up to Our Lady of Grace, with the intention of spending the whole day there. The Solemn Mass was followed by a procession to the Cross, where a preacher would address the faithful in the middle of the forest. After this, the Choir of the Daughters of Maria would sing the Hymn to the Cross of Father Cinto Verdaguer, with music by the composer Candi, and the people would sing the chorus, “Sacred cross, beloved cross of our hearts”.