San Pedro de Cardeña Monastery

San Pedro de Cardeña, Spain

San Pedro de Cardeña Monastery was founded before 902. The prosperity of the monastery in the early medieval period is reflected in the quality of its scriptorium, in which the monk Endura performed extraordinary works. The Blessed of San Pedro de Cardeña was made between 1175 and 1180, has 290 pages and 51 miniatures.

The convent church dates from the 16th century; annexed is the Capilla del Cid, where the hero and some of his relatives were buried.

Some parts of Romanesque style have been preserved, the church being Gothic and part of the façade from the 18th century. Cistercian monks have lived here since 1942 and they make wine as well as medicinal herb liquors.

El Cid found refuge in this monastery during his exile, and he lived here together with his wife and daughters to the end of his days.

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Founded: c. 902 AD
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Maite (4 months ago)
Se respira tranquilidad. Merece la pena la visita tanto por el Monasterio como por el entorno. También tuve la oportunidad de visitar su bodega y comprar su vino, muy bueno.
Silvia Sánchez (6 months ago)
La parte de fuera es muy bonita. El problema es que como era viernes santo estaba cerrado al turismo y nos quedamos con las ganas de pasar. Cuando llegamos a la puerta y vimos el cartel nos llevamos la sorpresa de haber hecho el viaje para no poder verlo pero bueno, pasamos a la Cartuja de Miraflores que esa sí estaba abierta al público
Benito Lopez Gonzalez (13 months ago)
If you are biking or walking or with your RV, do not miss this place. It has a restaurant in front of it where you can have a nice beer and enjoy a few tapas from the local cuisine.
Oscar Carbonell Carqués (13 months ago)
Nice time!!
Thomas Thekkekarottu (19 months ago)
Beautiful monastery
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