Sobrado dos Monxes: the big monastery in the Camino (R-50)

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La Coruña.


Undoubtedly, few regions offer us such a varied cultural-historical offer as the lands of Sobrado, in the interior of the province of La Coruña. In a few kilometres we can enjoy the best Baroque architecture in the monastery of Sobrado, the modest church of Toques with a Romanesque origin, a lagoon included in the Red Natura 2000 or a Roman military camp; on the other hand, Mámoas or dolmens from the Neolithic will expand even more the historical range of the patrimony that we can enjoy in these lands.

Ma of the Tour


1.Santa María de Sobrado Monastery

Founded in the 10th century, it joined the Cistercian order in 1142 with monks from Claraval (Clairvaux) and from the 16th century, lived peridod of splendor that allowed a renovation and enlargement of the entire monastic ensemble. Its church, of enormous proportions, is a magnificent Baroque temple attached to a monastery consisting of three large cloisters, which make it one of the largest in Spain. It is currently occupied by a community of Cistercian monks who have been attending the pilgrims in their hostel for centuries, on their way to Compostela. A few kilometres away we can visit the lagoon that attended the needs of the monks for centuries, in terms of water and fish supply and is included in the Red Natura 2000; It is definitely a good place to enjoy unhurriedly.

2.Santa María de Mezonzo Church

Of Romanesque origin, already before the year 1000 appeared as annexed to the monastery of Sobrado, passing later to depend on the monastery of San Martín Pinario, dependence that maintained until the secularization of the 19th century. The church is a magnificent example of Romanesque style, highlighting its triple apse, perhaps the most elegant of Galician Romanesque. .

3.Toques Church

We must pass through the Bocelo mountains to reach this lonely church, a former Benedictine monastery, nestled in an environment of great beauty, next to a small river that descends from the slopes of the Bocelo. Outside we can see the remains of the work Romanesque and inside a set of 15th century frescos of great interest. .

4.Pena da Moura and Forno dos Mouros

At the top of Bocelo mountains we can take a short walk to discover the remains of ancient Neolithic mámoas or dolmens that are distributed throughout this mountain ridge, alternating with natural granitic formations attributed to the Moors.

5.Roman Military Camp of Ciadella

It does not stop surprising this region and good example of this is the possibility of visiting this camp that takes us to the time of the Roman Empire; Here it was installed, until the 4th century, the Cohors I Celtiberorum formed by some 400 soldiers, although it seems that there was a subsequent reoccupation, by Germanic tribes, in the 7th century.

6.Some example of our gastronomic heritage

Not far from Ciadella we will be able to visit a cattle farm dedicated to the manufacture of cheeses and that also offers us the possibility of visits with children, enjoying with them a small zoo or a hiking route around the surroundings.