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Monasterio de Santo Toribio de Liebana

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Monasterio de Santo Toribio de Liebana

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El Castillo & Las Monedas Caves And The Pasiego Valleys
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El Castillo & Las Monedas Caves And The Pasiego Valleys

HIGHLIGHTS <br> • Visit caves of El Castillo and Las Monedas, both with cave paintings <br> • Visit the village of Puente Viesgo&#xa0; <br> • Fall in love with the beauty of the "Pasiegos Valleys"<br> • Enjoy a 1-hour e-Bike excursion through a beautiful greenway&#xa0; (optional)<br><br>SUMMARY <br><br>Day tour to visit the famous caves of “El Castillo” and “Las Monedas” in Puente Viesgo. To complete this great day, you will enjoy a scenic drive across the Pasiego's Valleys up to the mountain port of Estacas de Trueba.<br><br>Additionally, you will have the option to also enjoy a 1,5 -hour e-bike cycling&#xa0;tour along the green route&#xa0;of "Via Verde del Pas". (supplement of € 35,00/adult and € 25,00/child)
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Caroline B wrote a review Nov 2019
Chichester, United Kingdom1,907 contributions155 helpful votes
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Santo Toribio de Liébana monastery is two miles south of Potes. Pope Julius II, granted the privilege of celebrating the Jubilee Year of Lebaniego, making the monastery an important pilgrimage centre. It is only about and hour and 15 minutes away from Garabandal - an important site where Our Lady visited 4 young Spanish girls in 1961 and where we had just stayed for 4 days. We were staying at La Casa Chimeneas, close to Potes on the second part of our holiday. Having been to Santo Toribo before, we decided to pay another visit and enjoyed it just as much. Santo Toribo is built in Gothic style, with a Cistercian influence. A Romanesque construction previously stood on this site, as well as some shrines carved out of the rocks of which remnants can still be seen. The most significant part of this church is the Baroque chapel known as Lignum Crucis. In the 8th century Christian refugees were fleeing from Muslim occupied Spain to Liebana and took with them the Lígnum Crucis, said to be the single largest chunk of Christ’s cross and featuring the hole made by the nail that passed through Christ's left hand. It is kept inside a 17th-century crucifix of gold-plated silver in an 18th-century baroque chapel. Fr. Sandoval, of the Benedictine order, wrote that this relic was the "left arm of the Holy Cross. It was sawn and assembled in the form of a cross, leaving intact the hole. Illuminated manuscripts of Beato's work are also found here. About 25 survive today, dating between the 9th and 13th centuries. The monastery's cloister shows replicas, but the original text was lost. The Lígnum Crucis is kept inside a 17th-century crucifix of gold-plated silver in a lavish 18th-century baroque chapel. While visiting, a coach tour were being shown around and the chapel was opened to enable the visitor's to kiss the relic. The Monastery is open to the public every day, all year round. An explanation, blessing, and veneration of the Lignum Crucis (The True Cross) are available. Visiting hour schedules do change so it is best to phone beforehand. While visiting we afterwards drove another 500m past the monastery to the small 13th-century Ermita de San Miguel (St Michael the Archangel). There are some great panoramic mountain views from this point.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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mjs03 wrote a review Sep 2019
Valencia, Spain526 contributions146 helpful votes
We happened to stop by here, as our hotel manager recommended it. We were glad we stopped to see it. You only need 45 minutes to have a good look at it, but its worth it. The inside of the church is beautiful, especially the tabernacle,
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Date of experience: August 2019
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E W wrote a review Aug 2019
New Haven, Connecticut358 contributions24 helpful votes
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We drive up versus the walking pilgrimage but still a joy to see. The fountain was a special place sit and reflect.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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southerntraveller49 wrote a review Nov 2018
Andalucia, Spain864 contributions210 helpful votes
This place has always had a deep religious and historic significance in the area and beyond. It´s just a couple of kilometres from Potes, in a good road, so the access is really easy. The location is really beautiful. The church was built in a Gothic style, although some parts were added quite later, and keeps a fragment which is supposed to come from the cross. The architecture is remarkable of course, but in this complex of buildings everything looks more practical than exceptionally beautiful. Nevertheless, the landscape around is really nice. There´s a small road -500 metres at the most- to the Ermita de San Miguel, a small chapel from which you get incredible views over the valley. This road is theoretically restricted to pedestrians, but there are lots of cars, despite of the huge parking lot just in front of the main building. Santo Toribio is a must if you are into History or religious sites, if it´s not your case, this is a beautiful and picturesque spot, but not so essential.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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claudia v wrote a review Aug 2018
Mexico City, Mexico78 contributions26 helpful votes
You can walk up, it is a nice hike, not so difficult. This monastery holds the largest pieces of Jesus´s cross known. You can actually kiss a Little bit of it, really really inspiring.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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