Monasterio de Yuso

Monasterio de Yuso, San Millan de la Cogolla

Monasterio de Yuso
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Sagunto, Spain88 contributions
Aug 2021
Visita obligada si pasáis por la zona. Es un monasterio con mucha historia, por lo que se recomienda la visita guiada (aproximadamente 7 euros por persona) que se adquiere directamente en las taquillas. Entre las reliquidas que se guardan en este monasterio, lo más interesante puede ser los documentos con las primeras evidencias de lengua escrita en castellano.

This visit is a must if you are in the area. It is a monastery with a lot of history, so we recommend a guided tour (approximately 7 euros per person) which can be purchased directly from the ticket office. Among the relics kept in this monastery, the most interesting may be the documents with the first evidence of written language in Spanish.
Written August 30, 2021
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Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
Sep 2010 • Couples
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.
Written August 24, 2011
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Sam A
New York City, NY108 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
The first place where the Spanish and Basque languages were written down, the Yuso monastery was far less crowded than I would have expected for such an important place. It is indeed difficult to get to if you don't have a car, as there are only 2 buses daily from Logroño. But it was worth the adventure, although don't expect to find anything else to do in the town (or even anywhere to eat that's not closed!)

The Yuso monastery was quite large and impressive, with huge books in which Gregorian chant was written, San Milan's relics, and an interesting cathedral. However if you don't speak Spanish the tour might be quite frustrating as you must enter with the tour and go around with the tour group. There may be English tours available on the weekends but during the week there weren't any.

Check the website as it closes for siesta and reopens at 3:30, so plan accordingly.
Written November 24, 2013
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Manchester, UK47 contributions
Aug 2017
We visited this monastery and the much smaller Suso Monastery which is about a 20 minute walk up a fairly steep woodland trail (or alternatively you can hop on a mini bus provided as part of their guided tour).
It's free to walk around the grounds of the monasteries but to see their interiors you have to join one of their guided tours which we did (it cost €7 per person, took an hour). The guides currently only speak Spanish but there are English information boards in each room. The tours are well organised in groups of no more than 20 people and our guide was very enthusiastic about the history here. The Yuso Monastery has a free car park, a gift shop, and one of its wings is now a small hotel and restaurant. Opposite the Yuso Monastery there is a nice restaurant as well as two small bars serving drinks and tapas. Surrounding the monasteries are some stunning peaceful tree lined hiking trails. What a beautiful place.
Written August 19, 2017
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Kansas City, MO509 contributions
Aug 2019
This site was occupied in the XI century to house the remains of San Millan the VI century saint. On top of that destroyed Romanesque building, the present building was erected in the XV and XVI centuries . Occupied since then by monks of various denominations to house the remains of the Saint early patron of Castille and Navarre kingdoms and later co-patron , along Santiago, of all of Spain. In Spain, with so many grand monasteries, this one is not particularly exciting from an architectural point of view. Yet, it is cultural heritage its focus of uniqueness. In this area the first notes, at the margin of religious Latin scriptures, are the earliest recorded writings in what was to become the Language of 500 million people today, Spanish. Copies of these books are housed there, the originals are in Madrid and there are great collections of medieval books in its library. Also the old wooden reliquaries with the remains of Saint Millan and Saint Felices, his mentor, are there minus elements of decoration looted , along other treasures by the Napoleonic troops. Yet, the amazing marfil inlaids of the XI century remain.
There are some other artistic masterpieces housed there including paintings from the XVI and XVII centuries and a great pulpit sculpted by the greatest wooden sculptor of Spain , Berruguete, and his apprentices.
Unfortunately, the visit is limited to a one hour tour (in Spanish) in which the guides do their best to cover all the historical and religious issues. Too short a time, and there is no choice, impossible to linger and observe details of the art or the books. Getting tickets for a second tour is not a suitable alternative as the guide turns the lights of the various rooms on and off as the streaming tour groups move along.
It is recommended to visit first the much older sister monastery up the hill, Monastery of Suso whose beginnings can be traced to the VI century where Saint Millan actually lived and was originally buried. Its contains architectural elements from the various periods since its origins
Written August 30, 2019
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Michael T
Oakland, CA43 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
The monastery contains some of the oldest written manuscripts in Spain. It was very special to see the actual manuscripts from which the monks chanted. There have been a few negative comments about the "Spanish" only tours, but there are enough bilingual placards to make the tour enjoyable. The drive takes you through very rural parts of Spain.
Written May 19, 2015
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Houston, TX164 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
Our guide was fantastic. Its a 75 minute tour and in that short time you receive a full and detail history lesson. The monastery is very impressive.
Written April 8, 2015
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North Devon Westcountry England86 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed this visit, although we did not realise that you had to take the Spanish Speaking Guided tour, you could not simply wander around yourselves, but no matter, we enjoyed the tour, as we understand Spanish (although not all of it).
Written September 9, 2014
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Madrid, Spain81 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
Astonishing monastry full of History and Art.

Some ceiling painting are amazingly well kept.

The visit is worhty and really well performed by the guide but let s be candid, the facilitiest should have more information panels (there are just a few)

No audioguides service neither

Still a highly recommended visit (unless you dont like History and Rocks)
Written April 21, 2019
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Limassol City, Cyprus114 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
The best visit on a cold Sunday. It was amazing.
Unfortunately we could not properly visit as the main monastery was closed.

There was however an exhibition of old photos at one of the rooms which was actually opened for public.

Will go back on my next trip!
Written November 26, 2018
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