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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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  • The ruins of the monastery of San Pedro de Arlanza is situated in a beautiful location next to the river Arlanza, about seven kilometers from Covarrubias. Your visit is free and is recommended for any lover of history so it meant this place in the birth of Castile; a building linked to the family of count Fernán González, where important meetings were conducted in the 10th century in order to define the nascent County. These ruins just retain artistic manifestations that had elaborate until the 19TH century, but does have its charm through the cloisters of arches bare, see the dimensions of the Chapterhouse that was witness to so much history and climb the Tower restored to contemplate the views offered by the environment and rebuild the imagination how should be the monastery before its abandonment. I say that it is a nice visit for anyone who likes history, you can to the rest stop them cold, but those stones have passed so many vicissitudes... In addition, you can see as a living example of the disastrous 19TH century Spanish and the consequences of the confiscation of Mendizábal, that so much damage made to the historical and artistic heritage of the country. Anyway, it is trying to recover the property little by little so as not to lose the importance that had.
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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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