Saturday, June 13, 2009

Monasterio de San Salvador de Leyre

Near Sangüesa in Navarre. Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos revived the monastic life here in the 1950s. The monastery was consecrated in 1057. Gregorian chant permeates the walls and spaces of the monastery. The interior is austere and beautiful with no embellishments but the stonework. I didn't take any pictures inside because we were there during Mass and it just didn't feel right to be clicking away while the monks were chanting and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was being offered. Ancient kings and monarchs of the old Kingdom of Navarre are buried here.


Porta Speciosa, Romanesque door to the church




The new monastery


The old monastery


The church


Mountains surrounding the monastery


The apse in early morning light


The monastery overlooks a lake

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