Monasterio de San Salvador de Cornellana

Salas, Spain

Monasterio de San Salvador in Cornellana is a monastery located in the municipality of Salas. Consisting of several Romanesque style buildings which started to be built in the 11th century, the monastery was founded by infanta Cristina Bermúdez, daughter of Bermudo II of León and his first wife Queen Velasquita Ramírez. She founded the monastery in 1024 after the death of her husband, infante Ordoño Ramírez 'the Blind', son of Ramiro III of León and his wife Sancha Gómez. Cristina lived in the monastery as a nun and was buried there.

After her death, the monastery was divided among her heirs, her sons and daughters; Alfonso, Aldonza, Ordoño, and Pelaya Ordóñez. A great-grandson of Cristina, the powerful Count Suero Vermúdez in 1120 donated the monastery to the Abbey of Cluny and then to the Cathedral of Oviedo.



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Founded: 1024
Category: Religious sites in Spain


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Peter Thomas (2 years ago)
It breaths atmosphere
Bert M Drona (2 years ago)
Good facilities: kitchen, dorms, free Wi-Fi, clean and easy access to town.
Pedro Menéndez Lorite (2 years ago)
This needs urgent rehabilitation and then also organized visits to explain the details. It's a shame that this gem does not get the attention and respect it deserves. An enormous loss of opportunity for Cornellana that could profit a lot from tourism!
françois-xavier dubois (2 years ago)
Rachel Godfrey (6 years ago)
Really nice albergue!
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