Museum of the "Raiers" (Clicad to see the greatest image).
Before the appearance of the trucks, of the construction of the main axes of communication and the dams in the course of the rivers -the Segre among them-, the transport of wood and other merchandise from the Pyrenees to level earth and of the coast, towards taking advantage of the current the rivers. 
The office of raier such consisted of the construction of boats with trunks -rais- and their conduction, far from easy, by waterway until the great centers of transformation. The return home towards of the way older than exists to go from a place to another one: it is to say to canvas shoe blow or what the same comes to be; on foot. 
Nor to say has the office of these men of Coll de Nargó required a strong temperament, forces and fight spirit, since the conditions of work were hard and, until certain point dangerous.
"Rais" and the "raieros" finalized their activity in the Thirties. But if you develop to them of those brave men, like raiers of Coll de Nargó, already are history, we cannot say that their descendants do not remember them. To this end it has been created, in the chapel of the Roser, the old part of the population, a cosy and interesting Museum of the "Raiers", in where you will see all type of utensils, explanatory images of this work, so alive in its time, like now lost, perhaps for always, Only the slopes of rais, which they are organized in Coll de Nargó in summer - normally the third Sunday of August they let to us glimpse by you unite hours a part of this office that has been left engraving in the collective memory well, almost like an old ritual.
In Catalonia both more important nuclei of raiers we can locate them in the Pont de Claverol (Pallars Jussà), in the river basin of the Noguera Pallaresa, and in Coll de Nargó, the one of the Segre river. 
The raiera tradition of the neighbors of Coll de Nargó comes guaranteed by the hundred and means from inhabitants who, towards a half of the XiX century, dedicated themselves to this office. The last RAI lowered by the Segre in 1932. 
Anecdotally we can say that raiers had by pattern to the Mare de Deu of the Roser, right the same virgin to who the chapel is dedicated that today welcomes the museum. In him we will find all type of utensils used in the construction of rais, the used ones by the woodcutters, the denominated "closet of raier", with robs it typical of the time, in addition to you photograph and explanatory illustrations.
"Rai" of four sections (Clicad to see the greatest image).

Schedules of opening to the public: 
Saturdays: of 11 h to 13 h and 17 19 h to h 
Festive Sundays and: from 11 to 13 h 
For arranged visits: Tel.:  

To return to the principal page

Extracted information of the opuscule published by the Local Consell of the Alt Urgell: "Route of the offices of yesterday", and of the book "Coll de Nargó" published by the City council of this municipality