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Maristes Valldemia

Maristes Valldemia[1]
161, La Riera St.
Mataró, Province of Barcelona - Catalonia, Spain
Religious affiliation(s) Marist Brothers
Denomination Catholicism
Founded 1855 (1855)
Faculty 90
Age 3 to 18
Number of students 1200
Language Catalan, Spanish, English, French
Campus Col·legi Valldemia (Mataró)

The Maristes Valldemia[1] school (aka: Col·legi Maristes Valldemia, Col·legi Valldemia or Valldemia), is located in Mataró, Province of Barcelona - Catalonia (Spain). It is a catholic school run by Marist Brothers, and dedicated to Our Lady the Virgin of the Candle. The ownwership is held by Fundació Champagnat, Fundació Privada.[2]

The school was founded in 1855 by three Piarists related persons: the priest Hermenegild Coll i Valldemia, Pelegrí Ferrer and Ramon Cuspinera. Its first naming was «Colegio de Cataluña», and was located at the land of the masia (traditional Catalan manor) of Can Miralpeix. The school had the objective to provide a modern and Christian education. Beyond 1858 was known as «Col·legi de Valldemia» (Catalan) or «Colegio de Valldemia» (Spanish).[3] In 1888 was given to the Marist Brothers to run it, till nowadays. [4] [5] [6] [7] From 2012 the official name is "Maristes Valldemia".[1]

The main building was designed by the architect Jeroni Boada,[7] and posteriorly improved in 1911 by Josep Goday i Casals (who used to be an alumn of the school, and founder member of the Alumni Association).[8]

The school received its first international recognition at the Paris Exposition in 1900, a Gold Medal in recognition of quality education. During the convulsive years that marked the Spanish Civil War, Valldemia was converted into a hospital and blood bank.[4]

Today, the school has 1200 students from ages 3 to 18, who are taught by a staff of 90 teachers.[9]



External links

  • (Catalan)
  • Valldemialumni - Associació d'Antics Alumnes de Sant Josep i Valldemia (Catalan)
  • School's Lipdub (video-sightseeing) - Youtube 21/10/2011.

Coordinates: 41°32′37″N 2°26′34″E / 41.54361°N 2.44278°E / 41.54361; 2.44278

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