San Millan de la Cogolla, is a small country of the Spanish Autonomous Community of The Rioja. In this area, incredibly rich in monasteries, it is possible to visit particularly evocative buildings, many of them immersed in nature.
Among these, stand out i Monastir Yuso y Suso, two authentic architectural masterpieces, declared in the 1997 World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Il Suso Monastery it is the oldest of the two; probably, it is the oldest of the whole Iberian peninsula. Founded by San Millán in the 5th century, it still preserves traces of the passage of different civilizations over the centuries. Thus, the Visigothic, Mozarabian and Romanesque features are visible. The importance of Suso lies in the fact that the first traces of the Spanish language are preserved here; these are the so-called Glosas Emilianenses, known in the margin of a Latin text. According to tradition, the seven sons of Lara were buried in the sepulcher of the cloister. The Spanish poet Gonzalo de Berceo received his first education in this monastery.
Booking is required to access the Monastery. You must call or send a fax to the Oficina de Información y Turismo: + 34 941 373 082.
It is NOT POSSIBLE to access with your vehicle. The same MUST be left at the free parking of the Central de Reservas, about 2 km away. A bus leaves every 30 'for Suso.
PRICES: € 4,00. Includes guided tour.
SUMMER HOURS (from Holy Week to September): 09: 55-13: 25 and 15: 55-17: 55
WINTER TIME (from October to Holy Week): 09: 55-13: 25 and 15: 55-17: 25.
Open every day, from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday.
When the relics of San Millán were transferred to the monastery of Santa María la Real, the oxen pulling the cart suddenly stopped. They remained incredibly still, without anyone being able to keep them going. King García Sánchez interpreted the fact as a sign and it was in this place that Yuso emerged.
Tale, myth or legend that is, the Yuso Monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla it is undoubtedly a beautiful place of worship; a church and a 16th century sacristy and many noteworthy interior elements. Of course, the library, one of the most important in Spain, is the highlight; in particular, for the value and antiquity of the documents stored there.
Unlike Suso, to visit the Monastery of Yuso, no reservation is required.
PRICES: full ticket 7.00 €; reduced for groups of 20 or more people, 4,50 €. Up to 15 years, you pay 3,00 €. Free up to 7 years. Pilgrims, with accreditation, pay the discounted rate of 4,00 €.
SUMMER HOURS (from Holy Week to September): 10: 00-13: 30 and 16: 00-18: 30
WINTER TIME (from October to Holy Week): 10: 00-13: 00 and 15: 30-17: 30
Open every day, from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday. Closed on Sunday winter afternoon.
For all the info and updates, you can refer to the official finger, available at this link. The Monastir Yuso y Suso, are located less than ten kilometers from the route of the Cammino Francés, through the town of Cirueña. They represent an unmissable appointment along the Camino de Santiago .... not just for pilgrims. Have a nice trip