San Salvador de Lérez Monastery

Pontevedra, Spain

The Monastery of San Salvador or San Benito de Lérez was founded in the 10th century by Benedictine monks. The present church is Neo-Classical with an 18th-century Baroque façade, where the image of St. Benedict can be seen in a niche. Adjoining the southern wall, one wing of the 16th-century cloister is still standing. Some of the blocks in this wall show tomb engravings and Roman inscriptions, dating from the original construction.

The most interesting aspect of the interior is the Chapel of San Benito, built in the year 1700, and where we can see a beautiful image of the Saviour. It is a custom to pass below the Saint´s altar on one´s knees.



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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Julia (12 months ago)
A place worth visiting. In the 10th century, due to a royal donation, a Benedictine monastery was built. Church VVIII, baroque and neoclassical, of the cloister only a small part of the 16th century remains. Also in the same 16th century, the College of Humanities and Philosophy was inaugurated.
Aina Massanet (15 months ago)
The monastery itself, it is beautiful, with a very nice arcade in the back, and impressive views, right in the front, there is a fountain, when you go to the back, on the right hand side there is an olive tree with an inscription. The monastery was closed and we could not enter, but there was a lot of movement, since upon arrival, we saw a truck with fruit and vegetables, and vans that were loading, if we did not misunderstand, it was food to distribute to the most needy. What is the garden and the outskirts of the monastery is abandoned. A pity, because it is very beautiful
Diego SG (17 months ago)
The monastery of San Salvador de Lérez (Pontevedra) was founded in the 10th century by Benedictine monks thanks to a royal donation. Over the years it would be reformed and expanded on various occasions; as in the 17th century when the College of Humanities and Philosophy was created, having to be expanded to build classrooms and dormitories for its students. The current church is neoclassical with a baroque façade, being built in the 18th century. The cloister was built in the 16th century and only a wing attached to the south wall remains of it. In the 19th century, due to the confiscation, the monks had to leave the monastery, which led to the theft of various materials from its premises. The church became a parish church.
Julia Vázquez López (20 months ago)
I liked it, I give it a 4 because it can only be seen from the outside, but if you add to this visit the route along the Lerez river, which, except for one section, can be done on both banks and crossing its bridges, then 10
Jorge Martinez Quiroga (2 years ago)
The Mosteiro de San Salvador de Lérez, also known as San Benito de Lérez and popularly as “San Benitiño”, was created by Benedictine monks in the 10th century. It is located in the parish of San Salvador de Lérez, not far from the Pontevedra city. In the 16th century it functioned as a College of Humanity and Philosophy. In the course of time it underwent various modifications, since we can see it today is the result of works carried out at different times. The current church is from the 18th century, with a neoclassical architectural style, it presents a niche with the image of San Benito on its Baroque façade. The part of the cloister that is still preserved in the south wall is from the 16th century. In the north wall we find a door with a barred window that allows us to see a small image of San Benito, giving the blessing, and in which the faithful deposit various offerings.
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