The Sanctuary of the Virgin of Rocaprevera is located in the street of Rocaprevera, inside the urban area of Torelló.
Originally, the hermitage of Santa María de Rocaprevera was built in 1284. This hermitage was rebuilt in 1429 and 1781. However, the current building was built between 1923 and 1924 by the architect Josep Maria Pericas, and has a style between Noucentisme and Modernism that tries to imitate classical and Romanesque aesthetics.
The current building has a cross plan with a semicircular head and an adjoining bell tower. The Sanctuary is made up of two buildings, the church and the hermit’s dwelling.
The main façade of the church has an access door with an arcade protected by a portico supported by Doric columns. Above the porch there is a niche that shelters the sculpture of the Virgin of Rocaprevera.
In the interior of the church, the heart stands out, with a green ceramic glazed tile cladding between the wooden tiles and beams. At the base of the apse there is a covering of well-cut and polished stone ashlars, and it is crowned by rows of arcades with stained-glass windows and a border imitating sawtooth.
In this Sanctuary a legend about the relics of Saint Fortià has been preserved. According to the legend, when the relics of Saint Fortià were taken to the Sanctuary of Rocaprevera, they had to be there for nine days.
On one occasion, while the relics were in the Sanctuary of Rocaprevera, young people from Voltregà tried to steal them. These young people took the urn from the relics and fled across the countryside. When they tried to cross the river Ter, it turned out that the urn began to weigh heavily. The young people, frightened, left the urn by the river, and wanted to flee across the river Ter. When the young people put their feet in the river, it began to grow rapidly, and a wall of water formed around the young people. At that moment, the bells of the Shrine of Rocaprevera began to ring to warn the people of Torelló of the robbery.
It is said that during times of drought, the urn of the relics of Saint Fortià was taken to the Rocaprevera Sanctuary, and the urn was immersed in the water of the river Ter. If the casket began to weigh more and more, it was a sign that the rain would arrive soon.