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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sobrado Abbey: A 10th Century Monastery in Galicia, Spain

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


  1. Great pictures! Thanks for a quick visit to Spain.

    1. Spain is such a beautiful much to see. Thank you for stopping by, Haralee.

  2. Thanks for sharing these lovely and inspiring photos.

    1. Spain is such a beautiful much to see. Thank you for stopping by, Beth.

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    1. Spain is such a beautiful much to see. Thanks, Christine.

  4. Hi Kelly, having just returned from a relaxing few days at the Jersey shore when I opened to your Post, I was mesmerized back to these amazing sites throughout Spain that are so astounding to visit and learn about, as well as providing that feeling toward insight and reflection. I will never cease to be amazed at the grandeur, the history and the work that it took to create such masterful places! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Gorgeous! Spain is definitely on my "list" This just strengthened the resolve!