Tarazona de Aragón Travel Guide

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    by travelnut71 Written Aug 16, 2014

    Veruela Abbey (Spanish: Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela, or "The Royal Monastery of Santa María de Veruela") is a Cistercian abbey dating from the 12th century. It is situated near Vera de Moncayo, in Zaragoza province, Spain. It was founded in 1146 by Pedro de Atarés.

    The monastery and church, forming one edifice, were founded in 1146 by Pedro de Atarés, to whom the Blessed Virgin appeared, and whom she directed in the discovery of a hidden statue of herself. The statue was placed in the monastery chapel, where it is still venerated. Pedro de Atarés did not live to see the completion of the buildings, whose construction took more than twenty years, but before his death he was enrolled among the Cistercians, who were dwelling in the partly finished abbey.

    The most famous abbots of Veruela were Hernando de Aragón (1498–1577) and Lope Marco (died 1560). He was succeeded by Lope Marco who, as his epitaph tells us, raised the monastery "ex terreo marmoreum, ex augusto amplum".

    The chapter house at the southern side of the cloister (an exact representation of the Westminster Abbey cloister) is Byzantine. The great buildings, including church, monastery, house, and cloister, constructed at different times and in different styles, are surrounded by a wall that dates back to feudal times. Antonio José Rodríguez, styled by Menéndez y Pelayo "one of the most remarkable cultivators of medical moral studies" (Ciencia espanola, III, 440), lived at Veruela and died within its walls in 1777. Gustavo Becquer, the Spanish poet, made Veruela his abode while the religious were prevented from living there.

    From 1835 to 1877 the buildings were in the hands of secular clergy. From that date they were occupied by Jesuits. Assisted by the duchess of Villahermosa, they restored the church and monastery. Of the Jesuits who lived at Veruela, Padre Costa was theologian to the First Vatican Council; L. I. Fiter revived the "Congregaciones Marianas" in Spain; Antonio Rota, later secretary of the Society of Jesus, was the rector of Veruela when in 1888 the image of the Blessed Virgin was solemnly crowned.

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    by travelnut71 Written Aug 15, 2014

    Not to miss. This is a tranquil magical discovery, not to miss. You can picnic among olives trees and there are many hikes of different levels starting at different places for free. My favorite was "Pozzo Los Aines", which you can start in a town called, "Grisel", parking to the right of where the hike sign is, a few blue 'P' signs. This is a 10 min hike doable by anyone that leads to a magical cave with a recorded voice!

    This park is known among locals but not tourists abroad. Parking is free and you can put it anywhere on trails. You can visit many amazing monasteries nearby for a few Euros. A nice one is Veruela.

    Note though the towns around are sleepy from 2:30 pm til 8 and dinner only starts at 9. There are some bars opened in Tarazona which is a few km down, within this time, but mostly bars and cafés at prices lower than most of Spain (much lower than Zaragoza center).

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