The church was built in Catalan Gothic style, between 1509 and 1522. It had fortification features, for example a raising door, and it originally had a single nave. Later, during the rest of the 16th century and throughout the 17th century, other rooms must have been built on, above all, side chapels, as deduced from the information there is about several altars and altarpieces. The one on the high altar was commissioned by the jury of the University of Lloret, in 1541, to the painters Pere Serafí, known as “lo Grec“, and Jaume Fontanet, and cost more than 1,300 pounds, payment of which was finished in October 1559. This altarpiece was identified with the pieces found in the loft of the Church, and the fact that they were stored there meant they were saved on being burnt in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. The inside of the nave has fine proportions and the structures of the presbytery and the vaults were highly suitable for being painted and turning this church into a jewel of modern art.
The builders were Bartolomé Ruffi, father and son, and Pere Capvern, master workmen and stonemasons from Girona. The work cost 3,000 Catalan pounds. The two side chapels, El Baptisteri and El Santíssim Sagrament Chapel are in Modernista** style and are the work of Bonaventura Conill i Montobbio in 1916. In modern art style there are, among others, a stone image of The Virgin of Loreto and a carving of the Holy Christ, both by the sculptor Monjo. The altarpiece on the high altar of Sant Romà in Lloret de Mar This altarpiece was made by Pere Serafí between 1545 and 1549. The painters and goldsmiths Jaume Fontanet and Jaume Forner (son) collaborated with this author. It was established that the altarpiece would have five vertical panels. On the even panels, paintings would be included that represented scenes from the Passion, others of the martyrdom of Sant Romà, ordered by the Judge Asclepiades under the mandate of Diocletian, and finally, works dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The odd panels were to be destined to images of the saints and they were all to be separated by columns. The panels on show in El Baptisteri Chapel in Sant Romà Church are the nine that have been preserved of the old altarpiece and deal with two subjects: the life of Jesus Christ and the life of Sant Romà.
The paintings that represent scenes from the Passion are in the lower part of the altarpiece, in the form of predella separated by images of the Apostles, eight in all. Pere Serafí would have been commissioned to paint the panels of the altarpiece and would also have participated in painting the sculptural images and Jaume Fontanet would have taken care of gilding the altarpiece, applying fine gold to all the architectural features of the carving.
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