Monastery of San Paio de Antealtares

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

King Alfonso II founded the Monastery of San Paio de Antealtares in the year 830. It fell into decay at the end of the 13th century, and in ruins, the Catholic Monarchs eliminated it and included it into S. Martín Pinario. In 1495, Gómez de Marzoa´s efforts to set up a college for poor students led to the monastery becoming Compostela´s first school and the origin of Galicia´s Renaissance University. The Order of benedictine nuns occupied it as of 1499.

The present-day building, in baroque style, appeared between 1599 and 1744. Fernández Lechuga the closing wall of La Quintana as a large, undecorated canavas, gicving the sensation of perfection and grandeur; Velasco Agüero built the other walls of the cloister and doorway facade, with a monumental doorwayframed by four giant order Doric columns; Fernando de Casas y Novoa extended the building to the Carros Gateway, finished by Lucas Ferro Caaveiro and known as 'Puerta de la Borriquita' (the Donkey Gateway), thanks to the relief image of the Flight to Egypt (Francisco de Lens, circa. 1750). Church (Friar Gabriel de las Casas, 1703-07) in cut-stone granite and tiled, two-sided roof. Greek cross ground plan extended at the western end to accommodate the choir. Simple, monumental facade with the figure of St. Pelayo Martyr. Interior covered with a dome over pendentives. Main retable by Castro Canseco.



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Founded: 1599
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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carmine mauriello (9 months ago)
Not having been able to visit the cathedral, I took the opportunity to visit the chapel of this cloistered Benedictine monastery. In the chapel the Virgin Mary is depicted in an pregnant state, a rarity due to dogma. Don't miss the opportunity to visit it.
Monica Frega (9 months ago)
You can buy typical cakes and local sweets, it's a real treasure, which not many tourists discover. I would recommend it!
He Wi (11 months ago)
Facade was really beautiful and impressive but inside was a bit disappointing as it just looked so ordinary. It was a pity, really. Because it was raining, there were not too many people, which was definitely great for those like to take picture with minimum number of people
DK1981 (2 years ago)
The monastery is just steps from Santiago de Compostela Cathedral but not as crowded. There is a small entrance fee (discount for pilgrims and seniors). You first visit the church with its incredible golden altar and the intricate carved wooden choir behind the altar. Then there is a museum accessible by stairs. You will have some beautiful views down onto the church below from the museum spaces. It is well worth climbing the stairs to see all the exhibits. Visiting the monastery is a very peaceful way to spend a couple hours as you gain insight into the history and lives of the people in this city
Juan Antonio Cervantes (3 years ago)
La tarta de Santiago que realizan las Hermanas la mejor que comí con diferencia ,los almendrados buenísimos todo envuelto y preparado para viajar sin problema.
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