Monasterio de San Pedro de Arlanza, Hortiguela

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San Pedro de Arlanza is a ruined Benedictine monastery in north central Spain. It is located in the valley of the river Arlanza in Hortigüela, Burgos. Founded in 912, it has been called the "cradle of Castile" (cuna de Castilla). It was abandoned in 1841 during the confiscations the government of Juan Álvarez Mendizábal, when ecclesiastical properties were roundly redistributed.San Pedro's two purported founding documents, preserved in twelfth-century cartulary, were issued one by Count Fernán González and his wife, Sancha, and the other by Fernán's mother and brother, Muniadona Ramírez and Ramiro González, with Count Gonzalo Téllez and his wife, Flamula. Both documents suffer from certain inconsistencies and anachronisms that have cast doubts on their authenticity, especially that of Fernán González. It was probably forged to give the monastery a more illustrious lineage than it could prove to have. The copy of the charter of Gonzalo Téllez is more likely to be based on reality, since Gonzalo is known to have been active in 912. Fernán González and Sancha were buried at San Pedro, however, and remained there until the dispersal of the monastic community in 1841 necessitated the removal of their sarcophagi to the collegiate church of San Cosme y San Damián at Covarrubias.
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  • Risk of collapse, everything is blocked by chains, nothing to see, total disappointment, skip this site,  more »
  • The Monasterio de San Pedro de Arlanza (Hortigüela) was used for interior shots of the fictional Mision De San Antonio which would have been in The New Mexico Territories as opposed to Texas. The movi...  more »
  • Very pretty and full of history. Used I understand for the hospital shots in the good the bad and the ugly. The site of the battlefield is close by and the cemetery set is just N of Santo Domingo de S...  more »
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  • Amazing place, an ancient monastery in the Valley of Arlanza. Also open to visits and monumental ruins. Recommended 100%. 😊
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  • An incredible place in which a large conservation effort has been dedicated. Totally free tour through which you can access the interior of the monastery, including its top from which you have spectacular views.
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  • Monastery ruins are restored little by little, the visit is free and its two cloisters are impressive to be a monastery from the year 912 I remember as it lay in the entrance, you can climb to the tower by a long spiral staircase. It is worth stopping to see it.
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  • A corner in the middle of nowhere. It is free to enter and worth seeing this little bit of history.
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  • Interesting place full of history. Recommended
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