Church of San Martino Pinario, Santiago de Compostela

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  • Church of San Martino Pinario
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    Monastery of San Martiño Pinario

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 20, 2013

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    Monastery of San Martiño Pinario was the largest and most influential Benedictine monastery in Galicia and the second largest in all Spain after El Escorial.
    Its museum includes a visit to the church, which stands out among the city's churches due to its impressive baldachin and choir stalls (the Renaissance upper choir is from the 17th century and belonged to the Cathedral). If you are the fun of Baroque then this place is yours, just go ahead and enjoy!
    Furthermore, on display in its different rooms are collections of paintings, sculptures, gold and silver articles, archaeological remains, etc, as well as everyday objects used by the monks that inhabited it: from the monastery's pressroom, pharmacy and old natural history study.
    Building where the monastery itself used to be is occupied by the modern four stars hotel. Only Church of that monastery is opened for visitors.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is 2.50 euros.
    Students, pilgrims, people over-65s and groups of more than 13 persons: 1.50 euros.
    Church is working during the w inter from Tuesday through Sunday:
    11:00 – 13:30 hrs. and 16:00 – 18:30 hrs.
    Summer: Tuesday-Sunday:
    10:30 - 13:30 and 16:00- 19:00 hrs.

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    Church of San Martiño Pinario

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 17, 2013

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    Monastery of San Martiño Pinario was the largest and most influential Benedictine monastery in Galicia and the second largest in all Spain after El Escorial.
    Its museum includes a visit to the church, which stands out among the city's churches due to its impressive baldachin and choir stalls (the Renaissance upper choir is from the 17th century and belonged to the Cathedral). If you are the fun of Baroque then this place is yours, just go ahead and enjoy!
    Furthermore, on display in its different rooms are collections of paintings, sculptures, gold and silver articles, archaeological remains, etc, as well as everyday objects used by the monks that inhabited it: from the monastery's pressroom, pharmacy and old natural history study.
    Building where the monastery itself used to be is occupied by the modern four stars hotel.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is 2.50 euros.
    Students, pilgrims, people over-65s and groups of more than 13 persons: 1.50 euros.
    Church is working during the w inter from Tuesday through Sunday:
    11:00 – 13:30 hrs. and 16:00 – 18:30 hrs.
    Summer: Tuesday-Sunday:
    10:30 - 13:30 and 16:00- 19:00 hrs.

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    Monasterio de San Martín Pinario

    by breughel Updated Jul 22, 2013

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    Monastery of St Martin Pinario

    This monastery of St Martin is one of Spain's largest religious buildings. The main façade, in the Baroque style like most of the rest of the work, is 100 m long. It is faced by the spectacular north facade of the cathedral and the small ornate garden that lies in front of it. The name Pinario comes from the pines which were there when the first chapel was founded in the 11th century.
    Four Doric columns are the frame of the door and the image of Saint Benedict is in the centre. The upper structure consists of a coat of arms from Spain. The image of Saint Martin from Tours on horseback sharing his cloak with a poor person, who represents Christ, was added by Fernando de Casas in the 17th century.
    The convent is now the seat of the seminars of all the orders of Galicia. It also accommodates a museum and the School of Theology.
    Generally, the premises are rented to students except for summer when the monastery becomes a hotel for pilgrims.

    Open (2013): Tuesday - Sunday; 11 - 13.30 h & 16 - 18.30 h; summer 10.30 - 13.30 & 16 -19.00 h.
    Closed: Monday
    Price: 2,50 €, Students & seniors 1,50 €.

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    Church of St. Martin Pinario

    by breughel Updated Jul 22, 2013

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    Main altar

    The Monastery church of St. Martin Pinario, overlooks San Martin square at the back of the Monastery. The flight of steps goes downwards to an impressive Plateresque façade from the late 16th century composed like an altarpiece, with statues and relief's.

    Inside the church the Baroque gold decorated main altar and the lower stalls in the choir are very interesting as well as the sacristy and several chapels. The barrel vaulted arch is remarkable.
    The walnut choir stalls are among the most important in Spain.
    This church is an exceptional museum of baroque art.

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    Iglesia De San Martin Pinario

    by suvanki Updated Jul 6, 2010

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    Iglesia De San Martin Pinario
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    I came across this ornate church near to my hotel, I was quite taken with the facade which had some quite grotesque gargoyle like figures. The door had an evil looking face on it too. (Please see pics below)

    The plateresque facade is designed as an altar. Above the door are the figures of The Virgin Mary and Saints Benito and Bernardo. Above, is a relief of St Mark tearing his cloak in 2 for an old man!

    The staircase leading to the entrance door was quite unusual too. It is Baroque and has some Italian influence (see my pics below).

    As the climate of Santiago de Compostela is quite wet, the outer walls were covered in moss and there was quite a fusty smell, which wasn't entirely unpleasant.

    I'm afraid that I'd arrived too late to have a look around, but had a brief glimpse of the interior as the young curators searched for an information leaflet - I had hoped to return later, but ran out of time - Hopefully I'll get another chance to visit. I did get to see the outside again on the audio guided tour of the city (see my earlier tip for more info)

    Things to see are the altar, which is considered to be the best Baroque altar in Galicia and probably in Spain. (it looked quite stunning from the doorway!)

    The balconied choir stalls are carved from walnut wood, and a more recent addition is the original choir stall from the Cathedral.

    Benedictine monks were responsible for the building of this church and the nearby Monastery, which may be considered the second most important building in the city.

    At one time the Benedictines had much power - even more than the Cathedral.
    To keep them in check, a law was made that the towers of this church weren't to be built higher than its facade- lest it should compete with the Cathedral

    There is an admission charge, but I'm not sure how much this was.

    Open 11.00 - 1400 and 1600 -1900 Tuesday to Sunday.

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    Monestary of San Martino Pinario

    by Shabu Updated Dec 16, 2005

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    Monestary

    The Monestary is of 16th century construction, this is one of the most impressive examples of Barroco Compostelana. It was built over a Romanesque church, which has always been an important medieval religious center.

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    Monasterio de San Martin Pinario

    by xanaia Written Oct 12, 2003

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    San Martin Pinario

    The monumental Monastery of San Martin Pinario, of 16th century, is one of the most impressive examples of Barroco in Santiago. It was built over a Romanesque church, which has been an important medieval religious center.

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    Monastery and Church of San Martino Pinario

    by ncfg Updated Sep 29, 2003

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    " This monastery is situated in Plaza de la Inmaculada and was founded by a group of Benedictines who, shortly after the discovery of the Apostle´s remains, settled in the place called Pignario, near the Chapel of Corticela (now part of the Cathedral), where they held their services. The main developments took place after 1494, when it came under the Benedictine Congregation of Valladolid. Thereafter the wealth they accumulated enabled them to undertake the impressive construction of the church, which, along with the Cathedral, is the most valuable building of Galicia´s baroque style. "

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    Church of San Martino Pinario

    by ncfg Updated Jun 2, 2005

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    In the pic you can see the front of the Church of San Martino Pinario, located at the eastern side of the Monastery of San Martino Pinario.

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