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“Interesting” 3 of 5 stars
Review of San Millan Yuso Monastery

San Millan Yuso Monastery
San Millan de la Cogolla, Spain
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

You have to take the tour with a guide as it contains many valuable items of historical. I had to go with a Spanish speaking tour. I had to read the short descriptions at each stopping off point while the tour guide gave lengthy talks.

Visited October 2012
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“the stop before heaven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

After our visit to this wonderful monastery we then drove on over the mountains on deserted roads with some of the most breath taking country side

Visited August 2012
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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“Interesting mostly for scholars of Spanish”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

The monastery buildings are attractive, and the guided tour is interesting, but if you don't speak Spanish you may find it frustrating. The particular glory of Yuso is its relationship to the first written texts in Spanish - it was disappointing to see so little evidence of that. Worth noting that this seems to be a very popular destination, and is likely to be unbearably crowded in peak season.

Visited June 2012
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Malaga, Spain
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“Magnificent Monastery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

The San Millan Yuso Monastery is full of history and is one of the most interesting monasteries of Spain. It is the most important monastery in La Rioja. It is huge and is calle the El Escorial of La Rioja. It was started in 1053, and remodelled several times after that. The Gothic cloister and the 16th century church add to its importance. The sacristy has an alabaster floor and is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain.

The museum is very important. It has one of the best collection of hymnal books in Spain from the Middle Ages. The small casket that contains the remains of San Millan is a work of art, with carved ivory panels with Romanesque designs, from the 11th century. The Codex 46 shows that the Spanish language was born in this monastery.

This monastery is a World Heritage Site and deserves the title. This is one of the most interesting monasteries I have seen in Spain.

Visited September 2010
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