Fodor's Expert Review Monasterio de San Juan de la Peña

Monasterio de San Juan de la Peña Religious Building/Site/Shrine Fodor's Choice

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, where audio guides in English are available.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Fodor's Choice

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Off N240 on A1603
Jaca, Aragon  22711, Spain

974-355119

www.monasteriosanjuan.com

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