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San Juan de la Pena
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Jaca
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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239 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is an amazing monastery which originated in the 10th century. It was added but then it (and the new monastery from the 17th century) were deserted about 200 years ago. The old monastery is built into the rock overhang of a hill and is amazing to see. The stone walls and rooms on the bottom floor are very impressive and there still remain remnants of paint. The upstairs portion contains a gallery of capitals or pillar tops. They are amazingly well preserved and each depicts a different biblical scene. It is an impressive building without the capitals, but truly amazing with them.

The monastery is not large and can be seen in half an hour once there. You obtain tickets from the new monastery building and then a bus takes you to the old monastery and will pick you up a half hour later (or you can stay longer and leave on the next bus which comes every half hour.)

Our bus driver was especially helpful and patient and helped us get lunch. I regret that I did not ask him his name but he added to the enjoyment of the trip!

Visited May 2014
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Mazatlan, Mexico
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great experience!”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

Reading about the Templars, I found about this place, it was called "the Gost Castle" because, according to the leyend, when some of the Templars left France in a hurry hiding the Holy Grail, they ended up in this place for a while, so I decided to go and take a look, it is not a castle but a monastery, and a very nice one, small but very nice, the chapel and atrium are beautiful, and if we think a Little bit about the time it was build, we can understand the magnificence of this place, you can still see some of the frescoes in the chapel that is located in one side of the atrium, and strange things, like the fountain with a monkey head from where the wáter comes out, this is a place full of surprises and I recomend to spend some time visiting it.

Visited November 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Easy for traveller to get there and see the two monasteries.bus between to monasteries helped significantly.

Visited September 2013
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