Monastery of San Martiño Pinario - Santiago de Compostela, ES
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member razalas
N 42° 52.887 W 008° 32.656
29T E 537217 N 4747750
Quick Description: The monastery of San Martiño Pinario is a Benedictine monastery in the city of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. It is the second largest monastery in Spain after San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
Location: Galicia, Spain
Date Posted: 9/17/2020 8:00:37 AM
Waymark Code: WM134YF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member prussel
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Long Description:

Monastery of San Martiño Pinario

"This monastery is situated in Plaza de la Inmaculada and was founded by a group of Benedictines who, shortly after the discovery of the Apostle's remains, settled in the place called Pignario, near the Chapel of Corticela (now part of the Cathedral), where they held their services. The main developments took place after 1494, when it came under the Benedictine Congregation of Valladolid. Thereafter the wealth they accumulated enabled them to undertake the impressive construction of the church, which, along with the Cathedral, is the most valuable building of Galicia's baroque style. During 1991, after the monastic rooms were equipped and the valuable altarpieces were cleaned and restored, it housed the anthological exhibition of Galician art Galicia no tempo. In the year 2000, when Santiago was a European City of Culture, it housed the exhibition 'As Faces de Deus'.

The monastery reflects a very simple and cold design, with the only exception of the façade, which is reached by means of a large stairway. The façade is divided into three parts with a central section bordered by two four-storey walls. The five-section tower helps to break the monotony of the façade. The doorway, framed by several Doric columns, houses an image of St. Benedict and is crowned by the structure added by Fernando de Casas, which includes the Spanish coat of arms among scallops and the figure of St. Martin of Tours. Within the monastery there is the cloister of offices, which is the oldest, and the processional cloister. "

Retrieved from the city official tourism website:

Style: Baroque

Type of building (structure): Large religious building (church, monastery, synagogue...)

Date of origin:: 1738

Web site of the object (if exists): [Web Link]

Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain

Architect(s): Not listed

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