San Juan de la Peña, Pyrenees

The monastery of San Juan de la Peña (Saint John on the Cliff) is a religious complex in the town of Santa Cruz de la Serós.

Brochure of San Juan de la Peña

Brochure of San Juan de la Peña

Arrived at the San Juan de la Peña monastery.

Arrived at the San Juan de la Peña monastery.

San Juan de la Peña is one of the most important monasteries in Aragon in the middle ages.

San Juan de la Peña monastery

San Juan de la Peña monastery

The monastery was built in the huge cave on a steep cliff.

Floor Map of San Juan de la Peña

Floor Map of San Juan de la Peña

Entrance of the Monastery

Entrance of the Monastery

Going into the monastery

Going into the monastery

Graves of royal family

Graves of royal family

The lower church includes some Mozarabic architectural surviving elements.

Graves of nobles

Graves of nobles

Alter of Romanesque Church and Replica of the Holy Grail

Alter of Romanesque Church and the Holy Grail

Legend said that the chalice of the Last Supper, Holy Grail was sent to the monastery for protection and prevention from being captured by the Muslim invaders of the Iberian Peninsula.

Royal Pantheon (Mausoleum); right, royal tombs.

Royal Pantheon (Mausoleum); rightward royal tombs.

Romanesque Cloister

Romanesque Cloister

The impressive cloister, under the great rock, is really a masterpiece of splendid Romanesque.

St. Victorian Gothic Chapel and Column Capital of the Cloister

St. Victorian Gothic Chapel and Column Capital of the Cloister

St. Victorian Gothic Chapel

St. Victorian Gothic Chapel

Found this small spring near the Cloister.

Found this small spring near the Cloister.

The last room of the monastery and the exit.

The last room of the monastery and the exit.

I went out of the monastery and gazed overhead at steep cliff, then left.

The Steep Cliff

The Steep Cliff

Wild flowers in Pyrenees

Wild flowers in Pyrenees

 

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