Valbuena de Duero

Monastery of Santa María

Contact details

Monasterio de Santa María, s/n
47359  Valbuena de Duero, Valladolid  (Castile-Leon)
Tel.:+34 983683159





The Cistercian monastery of Santa María de Valbuena is one of the finest examples of Cistercian architecture on the whole of the Iberian Peninsula.

The surviving elements from the monastic site date from the 12th to 13th centuries. The church has three naves in five sections under a cross vault, supported by pillars with double columns, a transept with pointed barrel vaults, a dome over the back lantern (16th century), belfry in two sections and sanctuary with five apses, of which the three central apses are semicircular (late 12th century). The exterior is extremely austere, with single pointed window openings and buttresses in the Cistercian style, with the exception of the western facade which has pointed archivolts. It also has a cloister on two floors, the lower dating from the 13th century, and the upper from the 16th century. Other highlights of the site include the sacristy, with plasterwork from the 18th century, the workroom and the refectory. It is today the headquarters of the Ages of Man Foundation.

  • Construction: Monastery
  • Artistic period: Romanesque

Practical information


  • From Apr 01 to Sep 30
  • From Tuesday to Saturday Public holidays From 10:15 to 13:45 From 16:00 to 19:45
  • Sunday From 10:15 to 13:45
  • Closing days: Monday
  • From Oct 01 to Mar 31
  • From Tuesday to Saturday Public holidays From 10:15 to 13:45 From 15:00 to 18:45
  • Sunday From 10:15 to 13:45

Access to the church half an hour before the service.


  • General: €4
  • Reduced: €3
  • Children: Admission free


Audio guide, Guided tours