The Santa Maria de Sobrado Abbey is located in the A Coruña province of Galicia, in the northwest corner of Spain. It is situated on the original site of a Benedictine monastery dating back to the 10th century, but has since been managed by the Order of Cistercian monks.
The newer, Baroque abbey church, built at the end of the 17th century, was dedicated in 1708, featuring the recognizable cupolas and domes.
The original monastery was soon abandoned, but it was re-founded in 1142 as a Cistercian monastery, and it flourished through the 12th and 13th centuries. In 1498, the Sobrado Abbey was the first in Galicia to join the Castilian Cistercian Congregation.
Today, the Sobrado Abbey offers a guest house for spiritual reflection and retreat, and a hostel for peregrinos, or pilgrims, who are walking the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route across Spain, which ends in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia.
If you visit, be sure to go into town for a drink or a tapa, where you are sure to share space with peregrinos sipping cafe con leche or drinking a caña (a refreshing glass of beer, mixed with lemon soda), playing cards or a guitar, or journaling about their experience.
The Santa Maria de Sobrado Abbey was a lovely find, indeed.
The Santa Maria de Sobrado Abbey
Praza Portal, s/n, 15813 Sobrado dox Monxes
A Coruña, Spain
+34 981 78 75 09