Monastery of Santa María de Melón

Melón, Spain

The old Cistercian monastery of Melón contains in its church one of the largest and most imposing sanctuaries in Galician monastic architecture. It was founded by monks from Clairvaux Abbey in France, in 1142. It was once very powerful, as attested by the remaining architecture.

Various rooms in the monastery, the galleries in the cloister and the two later chapels are currently undergoing restoration, as well as the entrance to the monastic site.

The only element remaining from the primitive Romanesque church with three naves is one section of a nave, the transepts with two semicircular chapels, and an interesting ambulatory with freestanding columns. Its walls and roofs were refurbished once again in the late 19th century in the historicist style. It is topped with cross and quarter-sphere vaults, and has a rectangular tower at the point where the transept meets the naves.

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Founded: 1142
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Julio Codesal (4 months ago)
A very nice and quiet place. We really enjoyed taking a walk around and discovering a bridge over a small river with mossy rocks and ferns everywhere. Very refreshing A pity not to have seen the monastery inside.
rafael berdiñas (4 months ago)
Let's see if they restore it at once.
Ana barros ubeira (5 months ago)
The monastery itself is totally closed to the public. The church's roof was changed not long ago, which means that the inside no longer has the humidity it had. The contour is being fixed, leaving it landscaped although losing a lot of parking area
Marta Flores (5 months ago)
The place is very good, but everything is closed, you cannot see anything.
Margaret Murray (2 years ago)
Lovely views above the vineyards.
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