Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe

The monastery dates from the 13th century when a shepherd found a statue of Mary dating from the 8th century.  The statue had apparently been hidden when the area was invaded by the Moorish army.  A chapel was built nearby to house the statue and after enlargement to a church and then the monastery, it grew into one of the most important in Spain.  It dominates the small town of Guadalupe in the centre of Spain.

Because it became closely associated with the monarchy, it was very influential in the history of Spain.  It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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