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Contact details

Plaza de Santa María s/n
26300  Nájera, La Rioja  (La Rioja)
info@santamarialareal.net
http://www.santamarialareal.net
Tel.:+34 941361083

Location

Autonomous region:
La Rioja

Province/Island:
La Rioja

Rioja, La

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Description

According to legend, this beautiful monastery was founded in 1052 by king Don García Sánchez III, after he found a mysterious image of the Virgin Mary in a nearby cave.

The monastery church you can see today dates from 1516 and has three naves and transept. From the church you can access the cave where the king supposedly found the figure of the Virgin. The Baroque altarpiece in the main chapel dates from the end of the 17th century. The choir stalls are from the beginning of the 16th century, in walnut, and are considered to be a masterpiece of florid Gothic style. The cloister is unusual for its mixture of different styles: Gothic on the vaulted ceilings and Plateresque in the geometrical inlay. The Royal Pantheon is home to the tombs of two ancient monarchs. We should make special mention of that of Doña Blanca de Navarra, a real work of 12th-century Romanesque art.

Construction:
Monastery

Artistic period:
Gothic

Historic period:
16th century

Practical information

Schedule

From Jun 01 to Sep 30
From Tuesday to Saturday
From 10:00 to 13:00
From 16:00 to 19:00


Public holidays and Sunday
From 10:00 to 12:30
From 16:00 to 18:00
Closing days: Monday

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From Oct 01 to May 30
From Tuesday to Saturday
From 10:00 to 13:00
From 16:00 to 17:30


Public holidays and Sunday
From 10:00 to 12:30
From 16:00 to 17:30
Closing days: Monday


Prices

General: €3
Children: €2
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Services

Guided tours by prior arrangement

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