The monastery of Santo Domingo is the main reason anyone ever comes this way, and it is well worth it. It is thought that there has been a monastery here, on this emplacement for over 1500 years since the time of the Wisigoths. Brought to its knees by the Moors and then rebuilt by the monk, Dominic in the 11th century and renamed after him. The monastery was abandoned in 1835 and only rehabited in 1880 by a benedictine monk from the monastery at Solesmes in France. They planted the cypress tree that still stands in the middle of the cloisters. The two storied cloisters are held to be amongst the, if not the loveliest in Spain, and rightly so. You can only visit a small part of the monastery now, the cloisters, a 17th century pharmacy and there is a small museum. When I was there we were not allowed to photograph the pharmacy for some reason. The visit to the cloisters is 3 euros p.p. Visiting time :
Morning - 10.00-13.00 Tuesday to Saturday.
Afternoon - 6.30-18.00 Tuesday to Sunday.
There is always the possibility to assist the mass to hear the famous Gregorian singing, by the monks whose C.D. made it big a few years back.
Address: C./ Pradera de San Juan.
Directions: The entrance is down this side road leading down between the two churches to the Arco San Juan.
Phone: 947 390 049
Take a walk up to the hermitage behind the Hotel Arco San Juan. Beautiful views over the town and surrounding countryside. The hermitage is called "Camino y via Crucis - the trail and way of the cross", so-named because on the way up, there are at least a dozen of these huge granite crosses to follow.
Directions: The way up is directly in the corner of the car park of the hotel (on public land so no problem).
At Santo Domingo de Silos Abby.
The cloister deserves a visit, and I know they have guides in spanish, not sure in another languages. At least they did not have them when we visited, only some printed information.
The old pharmacy is supposed to be one of the oldest in Spain.
2,40 euros the entrance is worth value
Address: Santo Domingo, 2. 09610 Santo Domingo de Silos.
Phone: 947 39 00 68 / 947 39 00 49
Santo Domingo is famous saint, that loved arts, he rebuilt this Visigothic monastery and he lies here on the cloiser in a sarcophagus that was carved on the rock.
EPITAFIO DE SU SEPULCRO
En esta tumba se halla quien goza de la luz divina,
llamado Domingo, de nombrada fama,
a quien Cristo envió al mundo como espejo de perfección,
para animar a los buenos y corregir los malos.
Cuando el inicio del invierno da el solisticio a la tierra
es arrebatado al mundo y se une al Señor.
Defienda éste su grey, que con mente segura le es fiel
y guiando ahora a los suyos, los lleve después hasta el cielo.
The Monasterio de Silos has an incredible architecture, sculture, paintings, music...
The romanic cloister of Silos, is the center of the Abby, the old pahrmacy is here as well, and there is an entrance to the church to ehar them singing while on service
The decoration of the arches around the garden and its histories are incredible
In the middle ages Santo Domingo was surrounded by thick walls but only two small parts remain today, one being one of the two ways into town, the San Juan Archway.
Address: C./ Pradera de San Juan.
Directions: 200 metres south, past the ancient wash-house, from the cloisters entrance.
Full of lovely back streets that come straight out of the medieval scrapbook. For most of our afternoons walking it poured down so only got out and about between showers.
The ceilings are of Moorish style and the beautiful cloisters are Romanesque.
The Mudejar coffer is from the 14th century and represents scenes from daily medieval life.
Lok with detail the corners of the cloister.
We can see some remarkable relieves with scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.
This neoclassical church is very simple inside after enjoying the cloister, but if you are lucky as we were, you can enjoy some of the masses where they sing... It deserves really
The oldest in Spain.
This 18th-century pharmacy holds a collection of Talavera jars, and a lab full of antique instruments.