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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 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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  • When contemplating these imposing ruins feels admiration for what it is supposed that it might be the monastery at its time of greatest splendour and feels sorry for what has come down to us victim of barbarism and the neglect. I visited it already fall afternoon and close to close the access by the vigilanta. He was only and in the midst of a landscape so rugged and in absolute silence, finding myself in front of the colossal ruins of the Church felt a sensation difficult to explain.
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  • We had seen pictures of this place and wanted us to see it. Surprisingly large and important that it had to be, although unfortunately there is now much destroyed if it serves a couple get an idea of the size that had. Now the Board of Castilla and Leon tries to at least that does not continue damaging the monument. Admission is free and the place has some magnificent views.
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  • Since time immemorial it has allowed that this jewel has been victim of plundering and ruin. It is unfortunate that recent consolidation and reuse projects are stalled for 10 years casualty of the crisis, like so many others in Spain. You can not miss it anyway, or the environment in the q is not.
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