Monasterio de San Martin Pinario

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Monasterio de San Martin Pinario

Monasterio de San Martin Pinario
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Vadim
By Vadim
Masterpieces of Fernando de Casas y Novoa. The interior is no worse than in the Cathedral.
Jun 2019
Given the renovation of the Cathedral built up with scaffolding, San Martin Pinario is more interesting for non-religious tourists to visit. Though of course, he relics of St. James are of incommensurably greater value than the carved benches of the monastery for pilgrims. San Martin Pinario is the second largest monastery in Spain after San Lorenzo in Escorial. But as you know, it is not the size that determines the value. The main southern facade of the monastery faces the Plaza de La Immacolata. Contrary to the city's tradition, the statue of St. Martin of Tours crowns the facade, not the St. James of Mavrovica. Martin is shown on a horse giving his clothes to a beggar. The Church of the monastery is another masterpiece of Galician Baroque performed by the different architects including Fernando de Casas y Novoa, who created the facade of the Cathedral. It was completed in 1652 and is a single-nave Church on the sides of which are placed six chapels. Three of them were touched by the genius of Fernando de Casas y Novoa. However, the general interior of the Church of San Martin Pinario was created by Mateo Lopez. The composition of the Benedictine Church of San Martin Pinario is similar to the famous Jesuit Church Il Gesu in Rome. The main altar is unusual, it faces traditionally to the nave, and the back side-to the choir of the monastic community. The main theme of iconography in the Church is dedicated to the image of the virgin Mary, who, according to the dogma of the immaculate conception, interrupted the sinfulness of the world. One of the side chapels is dedicated to the so-called English virgin, a symbol of English Catholics who fled from England from the persecution of Henry VIII. Baroque choirs are of no less artistic value. This masterpiece was created by Matteo de Prado from 1639 to 1647. the Monastery has not operated since the XIX century and part of the premises belongs to the Museum of religious art. You can get inside through the Church of St. Martino. A good collection of religious artifacts is located here: utensils, paintings, sculptures. The Church is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10: 30 to 13: 30 and from 16: 00 to 19: 00. Admission: 4 EUR for adults, 3 EUR for students, pilgrims and people over 65 years of age.

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Davide G
Palermo, Italy3,259 contributions
Nice!
Nov 2021
Amazing! Central and huge, it's one of the best attractions in the city. Come and pay a visit. wonderful sight from the main stairs!
Written November 16, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,271 contributions
Masterpieces of Fernando de Casas y Novoa. The interior is no worse than in the Cathedral.
Jun 2019
Given the renovation of the Cathedral built up with scaffolding, San Martin Pinario is more interesting for non-religious tourists to visit. Though of course, he relics of St. James are of incommensurably greater value than the carved benches of the monastery for pilgrims. San Martin Pinario is the second largest monastery in Spain after San Lorenzo in Escorial. But as you know, it is not the size that determines the value. The main southern facade of the monastery faces the Plaza de La Immacolata. Contrary to the city's tradition, the statue of St. Martin of Tours crowns the facade, not the St. James of Mavrovica. Martin is shown on a horse giving his clothes to a beggar. The Church of the monastery is another masterpiece of Galician Baroque performed by the different architects including Fernando de Casas y Novoa, who created the facade of the Cathedral. It was completed in 1652 and is a single-nave Church on the sides of which are placed six chapels. Three of them were touched by the genius of Fernando de Casas y Novoa. However, the general interior of the Church of San Martin Pinario was created by Mateo Lopez. The composition of the Benedictine Church of San Martin Pinario is similar to the famous Jesuit Church Il Gesu in Rome. The main altar is unusual, it faces traditionally to the nave, and the back side-to the choir of the monastic community. The main theme of iconography in the Church is dedicated to the image of the virgin Mary, who, according to the dogma of the immaculate conception, interrupted the sinfulness of the world. One of the side chapels is dedicated to the so-called English virgin, a symbol of English Catholics who fled from England from the persecution of Henry VIII. Baroque choirs are of no less artistic value. This masterpiece was created by Matteo de Prado from 1639 to 1647. the Monastery has not operated since the XIX century and part of the premises belongs to the Museum of religious art. You can get inside through the Church of St. Martino. A good collection of religious artifacts is located here: utensils, paintings, sculptures. The Church is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10: 30 to 13: 30 and from 16: 00 to 19: 00. Admission: 4 EUR for adults, 3 EUR for students, pilgrims and people over 65 years of age.
Written April 1, 2020
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Mick G
53 contributions
Interesting but
Mar 2020
It is a place to visit in the summer as in March it is freezing. The altar pieces are astonishingly over the top baroque while the wood carved choir behind the main altar is a rare treat. Perhaps it was because we had to wait for a mass to finish that we were too cold to tour the top part of the museum and that the lift was out of order.
Written March 12, 2020
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rayporsche
Ottawa, Canada32 contributions
We stayed her e and would do so again, and again...
Oct 2019
The Monastery is a marvellous hostel, of mostly private rooms for one or two persons. It is conveniently adjacent to the famous Cathedral de Compostela. The prices are very reasonable. The rooms are very clean and quiet. Hey, its a monastery.. Good meals (B,D only) are available in the dining room. It is a big residence. Good for big groups as well as couples, like us.
Written March 11, 2020
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cwill4573
Kelowna, Canada41 contributions
Peaceful Oasis
Nov 2019
Such a great place to arrive at as you finish your Camino. Warm staff, great beds and a location that can’t be beat !
Written December 16, 2019
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Stephanie S
Wellington, New Zealand205 contributions
Absolutely not to be missed
Nov 2019
This museum has an outstanding chapel and wonderful old tombs in side chapels. You can feel the history of this former monastery. Upstairs, there is a very interesting "pharmacy" where the monks' herbal remedies and distilling instruments were on display. It is great that this old monastery is being saved from further decay. Do not miss this-the entrance fee is minimal for a maximum burst of history.
Written December 6, 2019
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lolinmenendez@gmail.com
San Juan, Puerto Rico44 contributions
Once we found the right entrance.....
Sep 2019
....which wa snot easy, having made a mistake and sent away rather ungraciously. The church is a bit overwhelming, a curious mix of massive artwork and large empty spaces.The fact that it houses a large number of tombs is nto always mentioned.
Written December 4, 2019
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Stunning - don't miss it!
Oct 2019 • Couples
This was one of the highlights of our visit to Santiago, especially as the Cathedral interior is shrouded in scaffolding. We were bowled over by it and totally unprepared for what we found.

The Monastery is large and in fact occupies more space than the Cathedral itself. The exterior is grand, but austere, reflecting the Monastery's Renaissance origins and your entry into the building gives no hint of what you are to see until you walk through a doorway into one of the most exquisite Baroque churches you could wish to find, designed by Bartolome Fernandez Lechuga.

The church rises up to a tall dome and on each side are chapels leading to the astonishing altarpiece, overflowing in detail, behind which is the Choir with its incredible joinery.

Then into the Sanctuary and the Museum which gives a fascinating insight into life here, including exhibitions on woodblock printing, on pharmacy and medicine, and on scientific educational training. And then, upstairs, the highly-carved timber choir stalls from Santiago Cathedral overlooking the Church at high level.

This is definitely something you should not miss and yet, when we were there, there were only a few visitors.

Written October 9, 2019
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Rod M
Fergus, Canada14 contributions
Most extraordinary church museum that shouldn’t be missed
Sep 2019
Perhaps the most ornate, artistically adorned church museum experience of Santiago de Compostela is a visit to the Monastery of San Martiño Pinario, behind the Cathedral. We spent well over an hour in awe of the frescoes, altarpieces, choir stalls, cloisters, sculptures, paintings and artifacts. The nave is massive, with such high vaulted ceilings and windows that pour light in from above, the symbolism was not difficult to see.
Written October 4, 2019
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jrapeter
Cheddar, UK732 contributions
Couldn't find any art
Sep 2019 • Couples
Firstly we arrived at the "accommodation" part of it. Nice entrance, nice dining halls but just a "hotel lobby".

Then we went around to the Square - Praza de San Miguel dos Argos. Impressive facade and doors but all shut.

A museum for pilgrims was signposted - closed

It was raining so we gave up and went for a glass of wine. Better signs, maps & addresses would maybe help.
Written September 29, 2019
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