San Juan Monastery

Burgos, Spain

Monasterio de San Juan was founded in 1091, when the kings Alfonso VI and Constance of Burgundy donated a small land to monk Lesmes, who came from the Chaise-Dieu abbey. In 1537 a fire destroyed practically the whole monastery. The reconstruction lasted until the confiscation. During the first half of the 19th century, several confiscations destroyed the heritage of the monastery and the hospital of San Juan. The monks were expelled from the monastery. The buildings were used as a prison.


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Founded: 1091
Category: Religious sites in Spain


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Justine Lau (9 months ago)
I visited on a Friday. Mass was at 8:30am. It was at a little chapel to the left of the church. It was nice to see (5 of) the Carmelite nuns with us. Instead of being cloistered and 'hidden away'. After Mass, I wanted to stay at the main church for a bit but saw the sister needing to lock the door, so I quickly made to leave, but she beckoned me and in my poor Spanish explained to her that I had partially completed the Camino de Santiago and while spending time in Spain, wanted to visit all the discalced Carmelite foundations established by St Teresa of Jesus. Sr Ana's words, kindness, genuine-ness and purity of heart made me cry a little. By that short visit, it had become one of my favourite places in Spain.
José María Pérez (2 years ago)
A beautiful convent. Did you know that it is the last foundation in Saint Teresa's life? Incredible how much history is breathed within its walls. And what about the nuns? A jewelry. They keep a few relics of the Saint like a treasure —many others disappeared during the French plunder (what a mania I have for our northern neighbors!)— namely: an espadrille and a veil. They don't show them to many visitors... but they are there. The daily mass is very early —08:30—, and the Sunday, at 10:00. I think one and the other are celebrated in the chapel attached to the church.
Fernando Escobedo Cardeñoso (5 years ago)
This Carmelite convent was the last one inaugurated in her life by Saint Teresa of Ávila in 1582.
Andre Severo (5 years ago)
This is the "Benjaminite" community, the last one founded by Saint Mother Teresa of Jesus, in 1582. There is a museum in the monastery, with various relics of the Saint (espadrilles, veil, autograph letter...). It is worth knowing him and the Sisters.
Pablo de Noguera (5 years ago)
Precious sacred treasures. Everything very careful. Excellent guide. Free pass. You can't take photos.
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