It sits in this beautiful valley, a perfect counterpoint to the natural majesty all around it. The Monastery of Yuso, built between the 16th and 17th centuries as an adjunct to the small Monastery of Suso, which dates back to the 7th-11th centuries. The Augustinians have lived here since 1878. In 1997 it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
It is both beautiful and stately, as such things should be.
And it also depicts the slaying of those who threaten Christianity (see the panel above the portal) …
It includes a beautiful reliquary containing the remains of San Millán de la Cogolla, who founded the Monastery of Suso, and who the town is named after.
The monastery is well known for its Gregorian chants. Here is the shelf where the chant books are kept.
And one of the books themselves. HUGE letters!
More info on these books.
One of the rooms, lavishly decorated.
And the altar – truly inspiring!
A worthy side trip from Stage 9 of the Camino, if you have the time and interest.
If you’ve missed any of these photos, feel free to backtrack over here.
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