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Did you know that... the Monastery of Suso

 

Together with the Monastery of Yuso, it forms part of the monumental complex of the Monastery of San Millán. Located in the same village of San Millán de La Cogolla, in the valley of Cárdenas, in the foothills of the Sierra de la Demanda, the Monastery of Suso rises above the rock itself under the protection of Mount Degercio. The old monastery was built by San Millán to give shelter to all the disciples that accompanied him, they were caves excavated in the hollows of the mount, where at the moment the cenotafilo and the ossuary are located. The first construction itself, corresponds to the sixth and seventh centuries, Visigothic period.

The Monastery of Suso in the heart of the Sierra de la Demanda

A little more history

 

In the tenth century and based on the Visigothic monastery, the Mozarabic was built, consecrating the church in the year 959. In the year 1.002 Almanzor set fire to the monastery and Sancho III el Mayor, in the year 1.030, it was restored and extended in the Romanesque period. In the 11th-12th centuries, walls and semicircular arches were added before the primitive caves of the monastery.

 

What to see in the Monastery of Suso?

 

The interior of the temple is accessed by a horseshoe arch, which, it is said, still shows the effects of the fire caused by Almanzor. But before entering the church, in the gallery or porticoed atrium, we can contemplate the picturesque view that the valley offers us on one side and on the other and attached to the wall, the lined sepulchres of the seven infants of Lara, his mentor Nuño, as well as that of three queens from Navarre.

Monastery of Suso

To discover

 

Inside the church, whose irregular layout is imposed by the rock where the building is located, are the caves, in the central, which seems to be that in the early times served as an oratory to the Saint and where he was buried, rose in the twelfth century, the current "cenotaph", which is a funerary monument representing San Millán lying.

 

Curiosities

 

Gonzalo de Berceo wrote in San Millán the first verses in Spanish: Quiero fer una prosa en román paladino, en el cual suele el pueblo fablar con su vecino, ca non so letrado por fer otro latino bien valdrá, como creo, un vaso de bon vino.

 

 

Useful information for visiting the Monastery of Suso

 

In order to visit the monastery it is necessary to reserve day and hour

The visits are guided, the monastery cannot be accessed in a private vehicle, it is necessary to take the bus that leaves from the car park of the central reservations

The visit lasts approximately 40 minutes

 

Summer timetable

  • From Holy Week to October
  • Visits to the Monastery of Suso: 9,55 / 13,25 / 15,55 / 17,55 h
  • Bus schedule:
  • Tomorrow: 9,55 / 10,25 / 10,55 / 11,25 / 11,55 / 12,25 / 12,55 / 13,25 h
  • Afternoon: 15,55 / 16,25 / 16,55 / 17,25 / 17,55 h
  • The first visit of the morning (9,55) is not reservable
  • Closed on Mondays

 

Winter opening hours

  • From October to Easter Week
  • Visits to the Monastery of Suso: de 9,55 / 13,25 / 15,55 / 17,25 h
  • Bus schedule:
  • Tomorrow: 9,55 / 10,25 / 10,55 / 11,25 / 11,55 / 12,25 / 12,55 / 13,25 h
  • Afternoon: 15,55 / 16,25 / 16,55 / 17,25 h
  • The first visit of the morning (9,55) is not reservable
  • Closed on Mondays

 

Visitor management

  • Tfno y fax: +34 941 373 082
  • Opening hours: 9,30 / 13,30 / 15,30 / 18,00 h
  • Closed on Mondays

 

The Legend

 

The story revolves around the 7 Infantes de Lara, a family dispute and the thirst for revenge, which according to legend, triggers the capture of the seven children of the noble Gonzalo Gustioz by the Muslims in an ambush, transferred to Cordoba, were beheaded. The corpses were transferred to Castile and deposited in stone tombs in the portico of the monastery of San Millán de La Cogolla de Suso.

 

 

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Get to Monastery of Cogolla

 

San Millán de la Cogolla can be reached via the LR-331 from Bobadilla or following the LR-205 from the nearby town of Berceo, where the different access roads converge from the A-12 way dual carriageway and the N-120 between Logroño and Burgos, well signposted as "Ruta de los Monasterios" (Route of the Monasteries). We can arrive by the LR-206 from Azofra or Santo Domingo de la Calzada and from Nájera by the LR-113, which joins it with Salas de los Infantes, taking the detour of the LR-205 that will take us to Berceo and then to San Millán de la Cogolla, which also has an interurban bus service every day.

 

Once there

 

The enclosure of the monastery is located on the other side of the accesses to the town of San Millán de la Cogolla, so we must cross it from side to side by its main street or by the road that surrounds it and that we will find, as we come from Berceo, a little before reaching the town. This road will lead us directly to the entrance to the Monastery of Yuso, where we will find the information centre and next to it a car park where we can leave our vehicle. From here leaves the bus that will take us to the Monastery of Suso.​

 

 


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Monastery of Suso. Courtesy of Fundación San Millán
Interior of the portico. Courtesy of Fundación San Millán
Casket. Courtesy of Fundación San Millán
Interior of the monastery. Courtesy of Fundación San Millán
Capitals. Courtesy of Fundación San Millán
Monastery of Suso. Courtesy of Fundación San Millán
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PATHS
1
Difficulty-Moderate

5:45 h.21.2 km.

GR 93 Section 2 San Millán de la Cogolla-Anguiano
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category. Level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, with a greater unevenness or present a specific difficulty.
PATHS IN FAMILY CULTURAL HERITAGE
2
Difficulty-Low

0:50 h.2.9 km.

Paths of Suso
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES CULTURAL HERITAGE
0
Difficulty-Medium

3:30 h.14.1 km.

Stage 08c Way of the Monasteries
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category, level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.
PATHS CULTURAL HERITAGE
2
Difficulty-Low

2:30 h.8 km.

Road from San Millán to Villar de Torre
Difficulty-LowGreen Difficult Category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
FLORA AND FAUNA IN FAMILY NATURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Low

1:30 h.3.6 km.

Path of the Jump of the Water
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
MOUNTAIN PATHS
1
Difficulty-Moderate

4:05 h.12.2 km.

Route of Saint Quiles
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, with greater slope or present some specific difficulty.
PATHS IN FAMILY CULTURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Low

0:45 h.2 km.

The Cave of the Saint
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
IN FAMILY CULTURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Low

2:20 h.8.8 km.

Route of the Guardaviñas
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
FLORA AND FAUNA PATHS IN FAMILY
2
Difficulty-Medium

2:45 h.9.4 km.

Route of The Rajao
Difficulty-MediumCategory of difficulty green, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and level difference, not overcoming even large distances or slopes.
MOUNTAIN PATHS CULTURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Moderate

4:15 h.16.1 km.

GR 190 Section 2 Valvanera-Viniegra de Abajo
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding courses, either because they are longer, more uneven or have a specific difficulty.
PATHS CULTURAL HERITAGE
2
Difficulty-Medium

3:30 h.9.6 km.

Route of Valvanera
Difficulty-MediumCategory of difficulty green, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and level difference, not overcoming even large distances or slopes.
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