Santa María de Gradefes

Gradefes, Spain

Founded in 1168, the building of the Santa María de Gradefes Church, according to an engraving on the northern lower wall, began on March 1st, 1177 under the patronage of the woman who became its Abbess -Teresa Pérez, widow of García Pérez, a knight of Alfonso VII. The first community was made up of Cistercian nuns who came from the monastery of Tulebras, Navarra. It became an important and privileged female monastery.

It is the only example in Spain of a female monastery having an ambulatory. In the church are the tombs with statues of the founding couple, a polychromatic work from the late 13th century. Kept in the monastery rooms are the polychromatic wooden carvings of a 12th century Virgin and a Gothic Christ, formerly part of a Calvary from the 14th century.

Valuable sculptures from the twelfth century. Fourteenth century tombs. Virgen de las Angustias (sixteenth century). Chalices, crucifixes and lignum crucis (largest section of the cross).

In monastic dependencies are kept polychrome carvings of a Virgin of the XII century and a Gothic Christ which was part of a Calvary of the XIV. Garments and shoes belonging to the founder are also kept.



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Founded: 1168
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Julia Álvarez (7 months ago)
Saturday July 8. Route of the monasteries of the Valle del Esla, fantastic visit among them to the Monastery of Santa María de Gradefes, which by the way I did not know. Congratulations to Javier, the guide, also in Eslonza for his enthusiasm and good work. Also to Lucía in Santa María de Sandoval and Laura in San Miguel de Escalada Do the Route of the Monasteries, art, history, landscape and peasantry.
Sara Braña González (8 months ago)
Almost two years ago, I visited this place with my parents, and I found it really incredible... The guided tour was certainly more elaborate, it could not be there, because you could tell that the man had a real passion for explaining this type of artistic thing... The nuns They behaved quite well, and the sweets we bought were very tasty...
Fran Lacas (8 months ago)
Very interesting Magnificent female Cistercian church and monastery with important history excellent guide Thank you
Juan Ramón Alves F. (9 months ago)
Monastery of Santa María la Real de Gradefes. It was founded by the noble lady Doña Teresa Petri in 1164, after becoming the widow of García Pérez, lord of the towns of Rueda and Cea, a knight who fought alongside Alfonso VII of León.
Omar Valle (2 years ago)
A small monastery with tremendous charm, a mixture of three styles and a very interesting history. Today we were able to enjoy a guided tour with a very nice local guide with great knowledge of art and history, thanks Carlos.
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