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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Francisco “Paco Alba” Alba (3 months ago)
Sorprendente, misterioso, algo tenebroso. No se puede visitar pero el ambiente es una mezcla de entorno vampírico e iglesia inglesa medieval. Buen lugar para hacer una película de terror.
Christian García (3 months ago)
Es indecente que un sitio como este esté tapiado a cal y canto sin proceder a reforma ni abrirlo tal y como está. Está cerrado, no es posible ver más que la fachada, no merece la pena parar.
Iria Dguez (5 months ago)
Lovely site. But after years, years and years, it is still closed for rehabilitation works that no one resumes
Inma Lopez (5 months ago)
A shame that this beautiful monastery is still abandoned. I don't know what the authorities are waiting for to get it back and use it. A complete scandal.
Julio Codesal (13 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.
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