Santa María de la Oliva Monastery

Carcastillo, Spain

The Santa María la Real de la Oliva is a Cistercian monastery in Carcastillo, Navarre. It was established in the 12th century. Present buildings date from 13th - 15th centuries.

Construction at the site is attributed first in 1134 to King García Ramírez of Navarre, known as the restorer. This king died in 1150 and the same year the abbey was founded, or refounded, as a daughter house of the Morimond and Escaladieu Abbeys.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Katy Sánchez (2 years ago)
The Cistercian abbey of the Nuestra Señora de la Oliva monastery is a set of Romanesque monastic architecture, an example of Navarrese Cistercian art. It is considered the oldest monastery in Spain. The foundation of the monastery is dated approximately around the year 1134 during the reign of García Ramírez in Pamplona and Navarra, who donated the term of Oliva. Like all monasteries, they suffered setbacks, exclaustrations and confiscations In 1989, in the old Abbey Palace of the 17th century, duly restored and conditioned, the Hospedería was inaugurated, in which I have not been, but in the Trapa de Venta baths and they are of this same Cistercian order. The walls of the monastery of La Oliva treasure centuries of history and art. Between them there is peace and silence. We toured the monastery on our own and in all the rooms there are informative posters of the place where we are. Those who have visited more monasteries find it easy to find their way around the various rooms. Worthy of mention is its chapter house from the s. XII and the church of Santa María, with a Gothic and a Romanesque part is spectacular. The cloister dates from the s. XVI In addition to prayer, the monks have vineyards and an excellent production of wines that we have tasted with pleasure. They also have a store and online sales.
Francois Colin (2 years ago)
Superb place, a haven of peace. A small fee (€2.5) paid for entry and free for children. Not to be missed!
David Nogal (2 years ago)
After deviating today (Sunday) about 40 km to this monastery to see it at the time they had told us (which was from 9:30 to 11:15, that is, a milk time slot to be able to decide as you please. ..), we got there and a man about to die tells us that we can't go in until 10:00, that until that time it was closed. We returned at that time and not only was the porter's office not closed to pay to see the artistic monument, but the church was the only thing that was open and they had no light (you had to put coins to have it lit for a few minutes), forget about the cloister . In short, we wasted half an hour and gasoline (as it is today), to find ourselves with such incompetence. I advise against it 100%, unless you want the same thing to happen to us.
m.angeles Gurruchaga (2 years ago)
Monument with a Romanesque and Gothic abbey church, a Gothic cloister and a very well preserved chapter house. The facade of the church very poorly restored. The entire monumental complex is worth a visit
lydia bertrand (2 years ago)
This monastery looks very beautiful and inexpensive to visit (2.5€) unfortunately closed during the southern break.
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