a medieval minute: San Juan de la Pena

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The raising of Lazarus depicted on a capital.

The raising of Lazarus depicted on a capital.


I love the look on the face of the fellow to the far right.

I love the look on the face of the fellow to the far right.

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.

For more information:
http://www.hikepyrenees.co.uk/san-juan-de-la-pena.html

My medieval novels are available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Phyllis-Hall-Haislip/e/B001JS2WB2

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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