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Place of Interest

Monasterio de Santa María La Real

tipo de documento semantico attraction

Description:
The monastery was founded by king García Sánchez III “the one from Nájera” and his wife Doña Estafanía de Foix who commissioned its construction in 1052. The origin of its foundation are misted in the legend which tells how the king was out hunting and chased his prey into a cave where he found a mysterious image of the Virgin and a jar of lilies, a bell and a lantern. Some time later the king reconquered the Lower Rioja city of Calahorra from the Moors and built the monastery of Santa María La Real as an offering to the Virgin for her help. At the same time he set up a Military Order of the Knights of the Terrace or of the Jug, one of the most ancient orders in Spain.

In 1079 Alfonso VI of Castile incorporated the monastery into the Benedictine order of Cluny together with the group of clergy who lived in it from its creation and who remained until the disendowment of Mendizábal in 1835. Since 1895 a community of Franciscan friars have run the monastery.

The altarpiece of the main chapel dates from the late 17th c. and is Baroque in style.In the centre the Romanesque carving of Santa María La Real holding the infant Christ on her left knee is of outstanding interest.

The early 16th c. choir is in "Catholic Monarch" style and here you can see the influence of the late Gothic and early Renaissance era. The carved choirstalls in walnut are a masterpiece of florid Gothic. In the abbot's throne we can admire the polychrome figure of King Don García.

The cloister was begun in the early 16th c., known as the Cloister of the Knights, was for centuries the burial place of many nobles. Among them we should mention Diego López de Haro with a recumbent sculpture from the 13th c. and at his feet, the Gothic tomb of his wife, Doña Toda Pérez de Azagra. The harmonious mixture of styles such as the florid Gothic of the vaulting and the Plateresque of the tracery arches have created a surprising work of architecture well worth a visit.

Additional information:

Price. Free visit: Adult 3€. Children 1€
There are guided visits upon request.
Price: Adult 3.50€. Children 1€
Schedule modification for weddings and celebrations.

-SUMMER:
Monday - Saturday from 10:00 - 13:00, and 16:00- 19:00h.
Sundays and holidays 10:00 - 12:30, and 16:00 - 18:00.

- TRANSITION: (1 October - 29 0ctober for time change): MONDAYS CLOSED

TUESDAY TO SATURDAY:                       SUNDAYS AND  HOLIDAYS:
FROM 10:00 TO 13:00*                       &nbs;   FROM 10:00 TO 12:30*
FROM 16:00 TO 18:30*                           FROM 16:00 TO 18:00h*

- WINTER: (30 October- Easter): MONDAYS CLOSED; EXCEPTION:
MONDAY 30 OCTOBER for bank holiday, WEDNESDAY 2 NOVEMBER CLOSED.

TUESDAY TO SATURDAY:                       SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS:
FROM 10:00 TO 13:00*                           FROM 10:00 TO 12:30*
FROM 16:00 TO 17:30h*                           FROM 16:00 TO 17:30*

- Timetables marked with * are last entrance time. You can stay inside one more hour.
- Guided visits: only for groups of more than 20 persons.
- Opening hours may change according to weddings. Check by calling: 941 36 10 83

Services:

Services:
Guided Tour

Map:

Address: Plaza Santa María s/n 26300
Phone: +34 941 361 083
Type:
Monastery
Visiting Hours: Phone to book a visit.
Open at Weekends:
Price (€): Adultos: 4€ Niños: 2€
Town:
District: La Rioja Alta

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