Santa María da Armenteira Monastery

Meis, Spain

Santa María da Armenteira Monastery belongs to the Cistercian order and was founded by the knight Ero de Armenteira in 1168. It has a square cloister, a kitchen, and a tower, all in the 18th-century Baroque style. The monastery was abandoned after the sale of church lands in 1835. The church has a floor plan in the shape of a Latin cross, three naves and three semicircular apses. The central nave is crowned with a pointed barrel vault, and the side naves with groin vaults. The transept has a vault raised on Mudéjar-style pedentives. On the façade, the 12th-century rose window is of particular interest. The whole complex has today been rebuilt thanks to the Association of Friends of the Monastery of Armenteira.

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Lugar a Caroi 3, Meis, Spain
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Founded: 1168
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Artur Nogueira (8 months ago)
Extremely quiet place. The nuns are very sweet, the hospederia is very nice and the pilgrims benediction it is a must.
Grzesiek Malanowski (12 months ago)
Incredible place! Beautiful, peaceful and unique! It's not often you can spend a night under 8th century roof. Thank you!
Fábio Pinheiro (16 months ago)
The monastery stays in a somewhat remote area a little bit over 20km from Pontevedra center. Nonetheless it's got a great atmosphere and it's possible to do a free visit, although you can't enter the monastery building itself but only the garden within its walls and the church outside.
Patrick Cavallaro (16 months ago)
Very good place in a very small Village, really nice. There are two bar-restaurants where you can taste a local food and appreciate people friendship. You feel to be like home.
David Stewart (17 months ago)
A bit off the coastal tourist trail, in the cool of the hills. Historic monastery and church. Not a large site, worth a stop on a day tour. A couple of local bars to nearby for some refreshments, and an air of peace when we were there off season
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