The Monastery of St John the Baptist is located on the right bank of the River Narcea, and communicates with the village of Corias via a stone bridge dating from the 14th century. It was founded in 1032 by Count Piniolo and his wife, Aldonza. It reached the peak of its power in the 12th and 13th centuries. In 1763, it suffered a major fire which destroyed all the monastic buildings, only the church, the sacristy and the library being saved from the flames. The remodelling left its mark especially on the new, monumental and sober façade.
It is the most interesting monument in the borough of Cangas del Narcea due to its historical significance and the artistic quality of the ensemble. No traces remain whatsoever of the original Romanesque architecture. It is known that it had a cloister and a church with three naves.
The monastery was rebuilt in the 16th-17th centuries in the Herrerian style, but suffered a fire in the 18th century which led to the reconstruction of the cloister and the outer perimeter. The Corias complex takes the form of a large rectangle around a central courtyard, on the right of which are the church, the sacristy, the refectory and the kitchens.
The exterior façade is characterized by its decorative restraint, only broken by the bays (alternating windows and balconies) and the two side portals. The doorways are located below semi-circular arches and the first floor is decorated with Ionic pilasters, simple pyramids crowned with balls and the coat of arms of the Order, all around a niche containing statues.
The building of the present church began in 1593 in the Renaissance style, according to the canons of Juan de Herrera. The ground plan is that of a Latin cross, with a prominent transept, a broad chancel and a nave with attached chapels. The entire interior is covered with barrel vaulting with transversal arches, except at the intersection of the crossing, which is covered by a dome on pendentives, illuminated by a lantern. The interior portal of the church is divided into three tiers. The first corresponds to the triumphal arch portal itself with four Doric pilasters. In the second tier, there is a niche with a statue of the patron saint, also on pilasters. Above the impost, there is an oculus that illuminates the choir.
The last tier is topped by a pediment crowned with three spires with large balls, in the classicist Herrerian style.
In July 2013, the Parador de Corias luxury hotel was opened here, forming part of the National Network of Paradores.References:
Glimmingehus is the best preserved medieval stronghold in Scandinavia. It was built 1499-1506, during an era when Scania formed a vital part of Denmark, and contains many defensive arrangements of the era, such as parapets, false doors and dead-end corridors, 'murder-holes' for pouring boiling pitch over the attackers, moats, drawbridges and various other forms of death traps to surprise trespassers and protect the nobles against peasant uprisings. The lower part of the castle's stone walls are 2.4 meters (94 inches) thick and the upper part 1.8 meters (71 inches).
Construction was started in 1499 by the Danish knight Jens Holgersen Ulfstand and stone-cutter-mason and architect Adam van Düren, a North German master who also worked on Lund Cathedral. Construction was completed in 1506.
Ulfstand was a councillor, nobleman and admiral serving under John I of Denmark and many objects have been uncovered during archeological excavations that demonstrate the extravagant lifestyle of the knight's family at Glimmingehus up until Ulfstand's death in 1523. Some of the most expensive objects for sale in Europe during this period, such as Venetian glass, painted glass from the Rhine district and Spanish ceramics have been found here. Evidence of the family's wealth can also be seen inside the stone fortress, where everyday comforts for the knight's family included hot air channels in the walls and bench seats in the window recesses. Although considered comfortable for its period, it has also been argued that Glimmingehus was an expression of "Knighthood nostalgia" and not considered opulent or progressive enough even to the knight's contemporaries and especially not to later generations of the Scanian nobility. Glimmingehus is thought to have served as a residential castle for only a few generations before being transformed into a storage facility for grain.
An order from Charles XI to the administrators of the Swedish dominion of Scania in 1676 to demolish the castle, in order to ensure that it would not fall into the hands of the Danish king during the Scanian War, could not be executed. A first attempt, in which 20 Scanian farmers were ordered to assist, proved unsuccessful. An additional force of 130 men were sent to Glimmingehus to execute the order in a second attempt. However, before they could carry out the order, a Danish-Dutch naval division arrived in Ystad, and the Swedes had to abandon the demolition attempts. Throughout the 18th century the castle was used as deposit for agricultural produce and in 1924 it was donated to the Swedish state. Today it is administered by the Swedish National Heritage Board.
On site there is a museum, medieval kitchen, shop and restaurant and coffee house. During summer time there are several guided tours daily. In local folklore, the castle is described as haunted by multiple ghosts and the tradition of storytelling inspired by the castle is continued in the summer events at the castle called "Strange stories and terrifying tales".