Monastery of Fitero

Fitero, Spain

The Monastery of Fitero is a Cistercian monastery located at Fitero, on the banks of the Alhama river.

It was founded, on a different site, in 1141 as part of the Cistercian expansion into Spain from the center at Escaladieu Abbey, and moved to Fitero in 1152. Durand was its first abbot, followed by St. Raymond of Fitero, who later founded the Order of Calatrava.

The floor plan of the church is similar to that in the monasteries of Clairvaux and Pontigny, a Latin cross plan with three naves, the ambulatory sanctuary with five side chapels.



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Founded: 1141
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Matt (10 months ago)
Great tour with a lot of good information! It’s not overdone and you have time to see the things you want to. The organ at the end was the best part!
Alicia Navarro Cerdan (2 years ago)
In my experience it is a beautiful place in which you can learn the history about the monks and how they lived in the past. In the tourist office they take care of you very well and also they explain everything you need. But in my opinion if you go with children they are not going to understand some words. However I highly recommed visiting the monastery of Fitero.
ana anton ausejo (3 years ago)
Impresionante.No esperas encontrar una joya así tan poco conocida. Muy bien conservado/restaurado. La guía da una explicación muy clara de lo principal, aunque sería deseable que la visita durara un poco más, dada la riqueza del monasterio. La audición del órgano es impresionante.
Johanna Godoy (4 years ago)
Its history and architecture is impressive
Jose Luis Perez (4 years ago)
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