Chapel of the Virgin of the “Cinta”

Altarpiece of the Virgin of the “Cinta” (20th century)

Juli Fossas Martínez (1868-1945)
Manel Martí Cabré
Josep Maria Camps i Arnau (1879-1968)
Francesc Juventeny i Boix (1906-1990)
Alfons Serrahima i Bofill (1906-1988)MiTPi-0200

This chapel was devoted to St. Peter since 1353 and related to the family Terré, who were the promoters. Pere Terré, doctor in laws and adviser of King Peter IV of Aragon, founded a benefice and was buried here. Precisely in this chapel was hanged one of the three medieval pavises, now exposed in the Basilica’s Treasury.
After the siege of 1714, one of the main priorities of the parish was the repair of the numerous damages suffered in the building and its furniture during the bombing of Barcelona. The altarpiece of St. Peter was probably in very poor conditions because it was replaced by a new altarpiece, designed between 1733 and 1738 by Pere Costa, one of the best sculptors of the Catalan Baroque, who was working at the same time in other projects of the parish, like the design of the new High Altar. From this altarpiece only remains three notable statues: St. Peter (the patron saint), St. James and St. Eulalia.
In 1921 the chapel was assigned to the Centre Comarcal Tortosí, who ordered the present altarpiece devoting it to the Virgin of the “Cinta”, the patron saint of Tortosa. This new altarpiece, made by Juli Fossas in Historicism style, consists of a camarín, where the Virgin is placed, with St. Peter and St. Paul in each side, both made by Francesc Juventeny and a high-relief depicting the Souls in Purgatory, made by Josep Maria Camps Arnau. The upper part is covered with three pinnacles, a common characteristic in the altarpieces made by Fossas. The first statue of the Virgin, made by Antoni Parera, was destroyed during the fire of 1936. The present Virgin was made by Matí Cabré and wears a silver crown made by Alfons Serrahima.

© Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, Albert Cortés

Statue of Saint Eulalia, Pere Costa (1733-1738).