Hosteria del Monasterio de San Millan

Hosteria del Monasterio de San Millan

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Monasterio de Yuso, 26326 San Millan de la Cogolla, Spain
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Pleasant Hill, California, USA
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During our stay near the Rioja Wine Country, we split our stay between the Hosteria Monasterio De San Millan and the Parador Bernardo de la Fresneda in nearby Santo Domingo. This 4-star hotel was opened in 1995 and is located in a wing of the Yuso Monastery. In fact, Gayle and I had one of the few rooms with a balcony and our looked out onto the Monastery grounds and the wings where 9-10 Monks still lived and prayed. I looked out one night and saw one of them within a small Library.

The monastic community founded by St Millán in the mid-6th century became a place of pilgrimage. In fact, this area is an alternate route for the Camino de Santiago. A fine Romanesque church built in honour of the holy man still stands at the site of the upper Suso facility. It was here that the first literature was produced in Castilian, from which one of the most widely spoken languages in the world today is derived. In the early 16th century the community was housed in the fine new monastery of Yuso, below the older complex.

My only disappointment is that we were here on a Monday when the some of the inside areas of the Monastery were closed. I enjoyed the graceful isolation, monastic decor, the modern comfort within this UNESCO Heritage Site, and the beautiful surrounding hills. On the other hand, Gayle was somewhat creeped out by the by the isolation and the flying bats near the nearby Church entrance. However, we did agree that the Hotel was very nice, service was warm and helpful, the breakfast ws tasty, and that our hike the next morning to the upper Monastery (Suso) was both quiet and inspirational.

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