San Saturio Chapel

Soria, Spain

This 18th-century Baroque chapel was built over a hermitic Visigoth grotto on the Douro riverbanks. It is located on the Machado Route and inside you can see impressive frescos that narrate the life of San Saturio, a hermit from a noble 5th-century family that was canonised when he donated all his goods to the poor and went to live as an anchorite in this grotto where you can find his tomb and remains.

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Founded: 1704
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Silvia Saavedra (2 years ago)
We were amazed by this place. If you go to Soria you must visit this place. One of the best places we visited in our road trip all over Spain
David Gonzalvo (2 years ago)
Built in a rock by the river Duero, great church
Chris Sirinopwongsagon (3 years ago)
Incredible how they builded this church from the ground up. Very nice inside and out. I just took my time inside the service area by seating at the back of the room and dwell on the scenery.
Eric Trip (3 years ago)
This is a spectacular Ermita not Far from Soria town. The walk feom town to Ermita takes you along the banks of the Douro river.
María Rey (3 years ago)
A nice walk with a nice view, especially in autumn.
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