Santa Clara Monastery

Medina de Pomar, Spain

Santa Clara Monastery was founded by Don Sancho Sanchez de Velasco and his wife Doña Sancha García in 1313. Throughout the centuries almost all members of the Velasco family were buried there.

The Gothic church has a single nave and is divided into side chapels. The High Altar has three altarpieces bathed in gold in the Rococo style.

The museum shows the works of art and relics of the monastery, most donated by the family Fernandez de Velasco.


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Medina de Pomar, Spain
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Founded: 1313
Category: Religious sites in Spain


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PEDRO FRANCO (2 years ago)
Religious complex founded by Sancho Sanchez de Velasco in the 14th century. It was declared an asset of cultural interest. A part of the old hospital is now a hostel. I recommend a visit to the Church.
Valentin Parga (2 years ago)
Santa Gadea del Cid and Salto del Nervión in Burgos in a natural park, a haven of peace and tranquility.
Antonio DPFSimon (2 years ago)
Little known monastery and worth the visit. Among its treasures is a recumbent Christ by Gregorio Fernandez.
Christopher Shaw (3 years ago)
A lot went on here over the years. The part that gets me is the "luggage room"....
Izaskun Cerezo (3 years ago)
It is a place that transmits peace makes you feel the same way ... at peace thanks to the sisters who are responsible for that wonderful feeling
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