Testimony of Mr. Hermenegild Cervelló Farran (La Granadella, 1923), who went to school in the current CCOC building
An area with a history
The CCOC is in the highest part of the centre of La Granadella, in the remains of a church built during the transition between Romanesque and Gothic periods which was converted into Santa Maria de Gràcia convent in the 18th century. The nuns provided the farm labourers of La Granadella with a childminding service so that they could carry out their work in the fields without neglecting their young children.
After 1930, the religious congregation left La Granadella and the building was used for three classrooms. As a result of the Spanish Civil War and changes in the facilities in La Granadella, in the 1950s, the classrooms were closed and for a brief period of time, the building was used as a theatre by the girls of Catholic Action.
It would seem that the convent, of which you can clearly identify the structure of the church, was built over the remains of a former castle.
the final decades of the 20th century, the building was used as a henhouse and as a warehouse by the agricultural cooperative.
It was then that one of the classrooms was demolished, which was where the Plaça de la Independència and the main entrance to the CCOC now stand.
It would seem that the convent, of which you can clearly identify the structure of the church, was built over the remains of a former castle. There are still some ruins, a fragment of a wall and the remains of some silos.
Due to its historic value and its location, it was an ideal place for the CCOC, therefore, after an intense restoration and adaptation, the building was given a new function.
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