Culture and traditions

Collegiate Church Santa María de Sar – Santiago de Compostela

The Collegiate Church Santa María la Real del Sar It is located somewhat away from the historic center of Santiago de Compostela, On the banks of Sar river. Was a old monastery of the order of St. Augustine. It was built in the XII century by mandate of Minio Alfonso, Bishop of Mondoñedo, and Archbishop Diego Gelmírez.

The churchFortunately, it retains much of its Romanesque construction. Outside the most striking are the added buttresses in the 17th and 18th centuries to avoid the collapse of the northern walls, which are obviously inclined because the land on which the building was made is very soft and flooded. In the 16th century, the barrel vault had to be remade. Impress the sobriety of the main facade.

It is noteworthy the Cloister, from the school of Master Mateo, of which a Romanesque-style wing with beautiful arches is preserved and which is the only one in the city. It shows a collection of archaeological and liturgical pieces belonging to the Collegiate Church, as well as the founding act of the monastery.

As it is currently a Church with habitual worship, the tourist visits to the Church, Cloister, Sacristy and collection, they can be done daily from 10 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm (in summer the closing takes place at 8 pm). Closed on Sunday afternoons. The price of admission It is € 1.

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