The Pyrenees Sights

Monasterio de San Juan de la Peña

  • Off N240
  • Jaca
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

The origins of this arresting religious sanctuary can be traced to the 9th century, when a hermit monk named Juan settled here on the peña (cliff). A monastery was founded on the spot in 920, and in 1071 Sancho Ramirez, son of King Ramiro I, made use of the structure, which was built into the mountain's rock wall, to found this Benedictine monastery. The cloister, tucked under the cliff, dates to the 12th century and contains intricately carved capitals depicting biblical scenes. The church of the New Monastery contains the Kingdom of Aragon Interpretation Centre, with a 45-minute audiovisual show (in Spanish, except for prebooked groups). Audio guides in English are available.

Sight Information

Address:

Off N240, Jaca, 22711, Spain

Phone:

974-355119

Sight Details:

  • €12
  • Mar., Apr., Sept., and Oct., daily 10–2 and 3:30–7; June–Aug., daily 10–2 and 3–8; Nov.–Feb., Sun.–Fri. 10–2, Sat. 10–5

Published 08/18/2015

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