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Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos

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Address: Santo Domingo de Silos, Spain
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This beautiful monastery is over a thousand years old and is home to a...

This beautiful monastery is over a thousand years old and is home to a group of singing monks whose Gregorian chants became popular world wide.

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Few town shops, restaurants are suspect, my daughter ended up in hospital, road is two lane from Lerma....do not speed and drive slower at night. Rural area. Try Parador in Lerma... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 August 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Few town shops, restaurants are suspect, my daughter ended up in hospital, road is two lane from Lerma....do not speed and drive slower at night. Rural area. Try Parador in Lerma though Lerma is quite lacking in tourist alternatives. And....save your time Covvurubias the so called quaint timbered village is not worth the unsafe drive.....found nothing, nothing and nothing of... More 

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York, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Got up early to attend a Sunday morning service in this beautiful Monastery. It was a real privilege to see the monks doing what they do several times a day, every day of every year. Listening to the chants is a very calming, peaceful experience.If you are a Roman Catholic you can also take mass here during the service. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

You have to be there for Vespers, about 7 pm, when the monks render homage to their Creator with Gregorian Chant. It is a religious experience despite and because of its beauty. The Cloister itself is a treat. I recommend reading about it before visiting. There is so much there that it is not easily digested... perhaps with a bit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

We spend 18 days in Northern Spain and visiting the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos was a highlight. The Monastery was Benedictine monastery in the village of Santo Domingo de Silos. The Monastery is Romanesque and has wonderful capitals in its cloister. For those who love architecture and history, Silos is a must. We highly recommend.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Supposedly the monastery is one of the most famous in Spain; however on the visit and tour you only see the cloister and the small pharmacy and museum. The cloister itself is not particularly beautiful. The real highlight and purpose for the visit are the intricately carved stone capitols, most individually carved with plants, hobgoblins or birds eating . The... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

Wonderful architecture and statuary plus an interesting museum with some important artefacts. In the middle of the cloister the interesting Cypress tree which inspired the poem by Gerardo Diego which our group had studied prior to the visit. The surrounding village is beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

We got up early, so were the first ones to arrive. The monastery is very impressive from the outside, the inside reveals however such beauty, that is worth to explore. It takes about an hour to go through and wonder around the fine details of the reliefs and the ceiling.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

From an art historical point-of-view this is a fascinating place, made all the more so by an excellent guide who brought the ideas and history of the carvings to life with well-informed explanations. He even recited the poem about the cypress tree by Gerardo Diego. An excellent tour of a truly important site in Castilian history. Highly recommended.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

Although I have to confess our main reason for being in this part of Spain was that my husband wanted to visit the site of Sad Hill Cemetery (created nearby for the final scenes of 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'!), we had heard that Vespers in the monastery was something not to be missed so we booked an... More 

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Saintes, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

A visit to the monastery is well worthwhile though you only get a tour of the cloister and the pharmacy. The real treat is the opportunity of hearing the monks. The basilica is open for services at various times during the day but the most popular is 19.00. Get there early as it soon fills up. I'd suggest respectable dress... More 

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