If I had to choose a favorite monastery, it would be San Juan de la Pena in the Pyrenees in Spain. Monks wished to withdraw from the world. And you couldn’t get much farther from the world than this isolated, dramatic location. The monastery is on a mountain top and the buildings are nestled beneath a huge outcropping of rock. The original monastery was built in 920 and in the 12th century, the cloister was added. The romanesque cloister is full of delightful capitals on its columns depicting biblical stories.
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