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San Salvador Monastery

The Monastery of San Salvador de Cornellana, founded in 1024 by the Infanta Cristina, is an important landmark on the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago de Compostela. The legend of the Infanta Cristina, who was rescued by a bear in the Asturian forests as a baby, has left an indelible mark on the history and iconography of the monastery, and is represented in reliefs and coats of arms. Throughout the centuries, this monastery has been an important refuge for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, offering protection and shelter along the way.

The architectural ensemble of the monastery, with its basilica church and attached tower, reflects a combination of Romanesque and Baroque styles, testifying to the different periods and reforms it has undergone throughout its history. Due to its state of deterioration after years of neglect, the monastery is currently undergoing restoration. Despite its closure, the monastery continues to be a point of interest for visitors and pilgrims, highlighting its importance as part of the cultural and historical heritage of the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela in Asturias.

  • Address
    Monasterio del Salvador, Cornellana, Spain
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
  • What to see
    Church, Bear Gate

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