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  • entrance to Ciudadela San Pedro
    entrance to Ciudadela San Pedro
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  • the side towers from the back
    the side towers from the back
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  • the front towers facing ave de Francia
    the front towers facing ave de Francia
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    Monasterio de San Juan de la Peña ,new

    by gwened Updated Aug 26, 2014

    This is wonderful and very educational, plus the ride is awesome up the mountains.

    We drove from Jaca after coming back from Sabiñanigo, on the N330a. We took going the mountaneous ride (about 1280 meters high) along the A1205 road that change into A1603 that goes to the monastery head on. We arrive about 10H30 in time to go the new monastery and take the mini bus by 11h30 to the old monastery. We left the place by 18h going the way towards Santa Cruz de los Seros on the A1603 that connects with the N240 that brought us back to Jaca.

    I take office of the tourist guide who gave an excellent recount of the events here, she was good. Here in the mount of Oroel you find San Juan de la Peña, the monastery is covered by a huge mountain rock and its done since 920AD .

    After fires and hesitudes a construction of the new monastery was begun in the year 1676. Throughout its works that extended until the first years of the 19C the monks counted on the advice of numerous professionals,you can see several Windows on the floor covered with glass floors that shows the work been done in the lower floor off from visitors only can be seen thru the glass. The trace of the building constitutes one of the most perfect and evolved examples of the monastic architecture in the Modern Age, because of its symmetry, because of the multiplication of its cloisters and because of the rational organization that possessed the original project, the one that, regrettably, was never totally carried out.

    The facade of the new monastery building is impressive of a barroque style. It was abandoned in 1835 and after much needed renovation it houses Inside the center for interpretation of the monastery of San Juan de la Peña, and a hospederia four stars (lodging hotel), a rest area, cafeteria’restaurant, Spa, salons and free parking

    monastery of San Juan de la Pe��a ,new work ground floor the dining room ground floor bedroom ground floor ground floor clergy living quarters
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    Monasterio de San Juan de la Peña,old

    by gwened Updated Aug 26, 2014

    We drove from Jaca after coming back from Sabiñanigo, on the N330a. We took going the mountaneous ride (about 1280 meters high) along the A1205 road that change into A1603 that goes to the monastery head on. We arrive about 10H30 in time to go the new monastery and take the mini bus by 11h30 to the old monastery. We left the place by 18h going the way towards Santa Cruz de los Seros on the A1603 that connects with the N240 that brought us back to Jaca.

    I take office of the tourist guide who gave an excellent recount of the events here, she was good. Here in the mount of Oroel you find San Juan de la Peña, the monastery is covered by a huge mountain rock and its done since 920AD and known for maintenance of the Christian faith in the Pyrénées at the time of the Muslim occupation, this monastery was chosen as pantheon by the Kings and nobles of Aragón-Navarra. The land was before occupy by hermits who had withdrawn in this hidden corner of the Pyrénées, following the Muslim invasion, around the year 720. In the 11C, the monastery adopted the Cluniac reform.

    The low church or early church who subsequently made office crypt, is one of few Mozarabic buildings remaining in the region. The courts and Pantheon of the Aragonese nobles of the 11C to 14C. Aligned along the left wall décor billets and pearls, burial niches are minted badge, a chrismon or cross in four Escutcheons, emblem of lñigo Arista, one of the founders of the Kingdom of Navarre. On a niche you can see an Angel carrying the soul of the deceased. Opposite a door gives access to the Museum, products of excavations in the monastery. The high Church of the end of the 11C. Part of its single nave in the rock for vault and three apse chapels decorated with arches are engaged in the wall.

    The royal Pantheon opens in the left wall. For five centuries the Kings of Aragon and Navarre there were buried. Its current appearance dates from the 18C a la renaissance style. The cloister from the 12C and it is reached by a Mozarabic door. Inside you can see the paintings of San Cosme and San Dàmian from the 12C, the Superior Church done in 1094AD, and gothic chapel of San Victoriàn.

    The Royal Panth��on of kings of Aragon The Cloister with museum back the Chapel mozarabesque at cloister the romanesque altar with paintings the windows so max light come to roman altar
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    Catedral de San Pedro, Jaca

    by gwened Written Aug 25, 2014

    the Cathedral of Jaca, Unesco world heritage site and well Worth it and a must to visit.

    The Cathedral of San Pedro or St Peter’s huge richly decorated a marvel and UNESCO heritage site, an absolute must to see, i can’t describe not good for that, but its a must tant pis. 11C jewel of a Cathedral ,construction from 1077AD , as the site says its an open book of architecture from romanesque to renaissance.

    words cannot describe monuments like this ,pictures can, leave to you to see it your way . My way it is awesome, inmense, beautiful, and very well kept. a must visiting Jaca, if only come to see this.

    The site is in Spanish from the city of Jaca for more information, you can translate it citing the source.

    The diocese religious site in Spanish too is here
    http://www.diocesisdejaca.org/index.php/catedral-de-san-pedro-de-jaca

    Catedral San Pedro main entrance. the chaise on the nave of San Pedro combine chapels left of altar at San Pedro left side nave Cat San Pedro nave Catedral San Pedro
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    Ciudadela San Pedro , Jaca

    by gwened Written Aug 25, 2014

    This is an awesome architecture Wonder, and a nice miniature military museum Inside. worked began in 1592 here and keeps all of it intact as of today. It took a back and forth possession with the French in 1809 and by 1814 it was not much of use.

    The castle fortress is renovated from 1968, and the miniature military museum is created in 2007; the walls at the entrance are last renovated in 2010.

    The visit is follow as such first the bridge at the main entrance off ave de Francia and the ticket cabin, 6€ adults, then you go in by the Body guards rooms, then the Casemates, bastions, magazines, pit, courtyard, and Church.

    You then should head for the museum, with over 32 000 pièces of lead soldiers, the city tourist office has more in Spanish
    http://www.jaca.es/turismo/monumentosymuseos/la-ciudadela-de-jaca.html

    and here you can see an interactive map of its installations, just move the Arrow in and follow the tour
    http://ciudadelajaca.s3.amazonaws.com/scb/CiudadelaJacaEN.html

    I leave the rest to imagination;a must to visit in town.

    entrance to Ciudadela San Pedro the side towers from the back the front towers facing ave de Francia the back walls of Ciudadela San Pedro the side walls and mountains ahead
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    Catedral de San Pedro

    by Belsaita Updated Mar 3, 2006

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    La Catedral de San Pedro (St. Peter's Cathedral) is a amazing building, taking into account its size, and its location in a remote valley of the Pyrenees. It was build from XI to XVII centuries, so you can find architectural and decorative characteristics from different constructive periods. The importance of the site was in a great part due to being at the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

    You can see there some paintings from Manuel Bayeu (aragonese painter from XVIII century, brother-in-law of Goya). The Diocesan Museum has some interesting art pieces as well.

    Catedral de San Pedro, Jaca
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    Visit the monestary at San Juan de la Pena

    by trvlrtom Written Oct 7, 2006

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    This medieval center of great historical significance is worth a visit for the inquisitive traveller. There is an especially interesting Romanesque cloister. The stone carvings are fascinating.

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    San Juan de la Peña (daytrip)

    by Belsaita Updated Mar 3, 2006

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    Impressive!! You have to see it!!

    A great place for nature walks as well. See their website for detailed info (below)

    San Juan de la Pe��a (Old Monastery and cloister)
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    Wander around the town

    by gaston_febus Written Feb 14, 2004

    Wander around the old town and take in the architecture. Jaca is ancient and there are many different styles to see.

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