Carracedo Monastery

Carracedelo, Spain

The Monastery of Saint Mary of Carracedo is an inactive abbey and palace complex, now in semi-restored state near the town of Carracedelo. Founded in the tenth century by the Benedictine order, it lies near the Way of Santiago in Northern Spain.

The first cenobitic community, the Monastery of San Salvador, was founded here around the year 990 by Bermudo II, King of the Kingdom of León and the Kingdom of Galicia, with the principal aim of sheltering monks seeking refuge from the campaigns of the Moorish general Almanzor. This, however, did not spare the monastery from being destroyed by Almanzor in his campaign of 997.

In 1138, the Infanta Sancha, sister of Alfonso VII of León, helped rebuild a monastery on the site, calling on monks from the neighboring Monastery of Santa María de Valverde near Corullón, to help her. The burgeoning monastery gained eminence, and control of lands, and also housed a royal palace. In 1203, the monastic order switched to the Cistercian order, affiliated with the Cîteaux, also calling itself the Monasterio de Santa María de Carracedo. Undergoing further depredations during the Napoleonic wars, the abbey was closed in 1835.

The monastery is listed on the Spanish heritage register as a Bien de Interés Cultural (BIC), having been declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument in 1929. The now uninhabited rooms and cloister of the semi-restored ruins exemplify a variety of styles from the centuries between the foundation and abandonment, contain a variety of styles including Romanesque, Gothic, and neoclassical. The sparingly-decorated stony buildings have a haunting emptiness.

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Founded: c. 990 AD
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Francisco Javier Garcia Roberto (2 years ago)
Es un lugar espectacular, un Monasterio en el que, se ve su gran pasado, un Monasterio que te hace viajar aquella época e imaginarte la vida en aquel lugar.Es un gran tesoro de la historia de Ponferrada, León y España. Recomiendo ir a verlo si estás por la zona. Si no vas te perderás algo maravilloso. Es *GRATUITO*
Pilar (4 years ago)
A magical place
Victoria Ortigosa Lahuerta (4 years ago)
Melancholic
Javier Nava (4 years ago)
We couldn't see it inside but the ticket clerk said we couldn't see it because they closed an hour and a half before the official closing time, which seemed like an exaggeration.
María Isabel Espiñeira Castelos (5 years ago)
Pues parece bonito. Estaba cerrado y solo pudimos verlo desde la carretera
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