The autonomous community of Galicia It is one of the most incredible regions in all of Spain, since it has impressive buildings with centuries of history They are combined with spectacular natural environments to create extraordinary images. A clear example of this is the precious Monastery of Santa María de Monfero, an abandoned convent in the middle of nature that still preserves its splendor.

Located in the magnificent Fragas do Eume Natural Park, this beautiful monastery stopped having guests after early 19th century, and although there have been several projects for its restoration, It has remained uninhabited for two centuries. The vegetation has been making its way through its walls, but that has only added mysticism to this splendid Galician building.


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The incredible Monastery of Santa María de Monfero

Entrance to the Monastery of Santa María de Monfero
Entrance to the Monastery of Santa María de Monfero

What greets us as soon as we set foot in the premises is a beautiful entrance with a semicircular arch, behind which is the enormous monastery. The first stone was laid in the 12th century, although only one wall of that church remains standing. The construction of the convent dates back half a millennium later, beginning of the 17th century. As we approach him, we discover his awesome baroque facade, that perplexes anyone who sees it with their own eyes.

The façade of the Monastery of Santa María de Monfero simulates a tchess board, in which slate and granite are combined to create a spectacular image, to which the four columns with Corinthian capitals. The Latin cross church that stands behind it is very simple, although it is still worth a visit.

Facade of the church of the Monastery of Santa María de Monfero
Facade of the church of the Monastery of Santa María de Monfero

Adjacent to the church, where the remains of the Andrade family (very important in the region) can rest eternally, is the incredible monastery, which has not withstood the passage of time as well as the temple. Of course, you can still walk through its beautiful cloister and its incredible balconies, as well as getting closer to the thick stone walls that have succumbed to the advance of vegetation; And the nature that surrounds this area is simply sublime.


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The Monastery of Monfero and the Fragas do Eume

Fragas do Eume.
Fragas do Eume.

The spectacular nature of the place not only lies in the monastery itself, but also in its surroundings: the Fragas do Eume Natural Park It is the best preserved Atlantic riparian forest in Europe. In its 9,000 hectares you can impressive canyons that rise on both banks of the Eume River, but in this huge natural space that seems straight out of a story you can also find another monastery, that of Caavaeiro, erected in the middle of lush vegetation.

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