Monasterio de San Pedro de Arlanza, Hortiguela

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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  • The monastery had to be abandoned and almost every single piece of art has been stolen. An important place to understand how important it is to keep the heritage.  more »
  • The truth is that we only come to see the place where San Antonio mission scenes were filmed in "the good, the bad and the bad", but the reality is that we realized from face to face with a treasure in ruins. We were very lucky that a voluntary guide was beginning and joined the group. She told us enthusiastically multitude of interesting stories. Shame on authorities not to invest in the maintenance of this place.
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  • In the middle of the road and the nature, I loved from his history of the prophecy which originated its construction by the father of Fernán González until the last of the stones which are still, as well as the environment. Depends on your interest you can tour on your own or guided. And keep in mind the less look at the Hermitage of San Pelayo, at the top of the nearby hills; If you then want to visit it, it is not so far as it appears, although you have to climb on foot.
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  • The origin of the Kingdom of Castile. Full of legends from a White Lady in her tower to a game of tic-tac-toe with the devil.
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  • It is a site in ruins but it has something mysterious.
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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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