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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Eva Rodriguez (11 months ago)
Estupendo lugar y encantador el padre Gregorio un hombre cultísimo fantástico a sus 86 años y me encantan las telarañas que hay por todas partes le da más encantó a todo
eva rodriguez cid (12 months ago)
Magnificent example of the Cistercian in Navarra, both its architecture and its monks, who keep the spirit of this order alive: humility, simplicity and welcome. It is recommended to spend a few days in your hostel, open to both women and men, and attend one of its 7 daily liturgies (sung). The gardens, the church, the cloister, the chapter house and the old cellar are accessible. They continue to produce their own wine and oil, and can be bought in the store. The now almost demolished remains of some old buildings are also accessible. The area where they live, the orchards and the cemetery are closed. But it is easy to find one of the monks in their daily chores, from here to there, and strike up a conversation. Talking with them, discovering their hospitality, the silence and the peace that is breathed, will be a wonderful experience.
Angel gomez barbado (12 months ago)
A lovely cloister
Ivan Diaz (13 months ago)
I have not seen more cobwebs (with their corresponding spiders, of course) and dampness in my life. The monks will spend the whole day praying because cleaning there hasn't been cleaned since the 14th century. Removing the entrance, the rest of the places are half demolished. You come across signs that say things like "this was the kitchen." Well, great, but there is nothing left there to make you even imagine what that kitchen was like. So various sites. Very disappointing all.
Charo Calvo (15 months ago)
It is a wonderful place. Listening to the Gregorian songs of their monks is a privilege. I love the monastery. like all Cistercian art. The setting is beautiful.
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