Santo Domingo de Silos (Burgos)

  • Panoramic view of Santo Domingo de Silos, province of Burgos / ALC
  • Hicking to Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • Ancient walls of Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • Approaching by bike to the Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos, en la provincia de Burgos / ALC.
  •  A view of the Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos, in the province of Burgos / ALC.
  • Cypress in the romanesque cloister of Santo Domingo de Silos, province of Burgos / ALC.
  • The incredulity of Saint Thomas, one of the capitals of the romanesque cloister of Santo Domingo de Silos, in the province of Burgos / ALC.
  • The Descent of the Cross, Death and Resurrection of Christ, one of the outstanding capitals of the romanesque cloister of the Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos, in the province of Burgos / ALC.
  • Romanesque capital in the fascinating cloister of Santo Domingo de Silos. El Cid and Jimena, her wife, donated several possessions to the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, province of Burgos / ALC.
  • Mudejar paintings in the ceiling of the romanesque cloister of the Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos, in the province of Burgos / ALC.
  • A bear: mudejar paintings in the ceiling of the romanesque cloister of the Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos, in the province of Burgos / ALC.
  • Mozarab chalice in the museum of the Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos, province of Burgos / ALC.
  • Cycling tourists in Santo Domingo de Silos, province of Burgos / ALC.
  • Partial view of San Pedro church in Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • Coat of arms. Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • Ancient wall and entrance door to Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • Explanatory panels at the start of each MTB detour / ALC.
  • Landscape in the surroundings of the village of Santo Domingo de Silos, in the province of Burgos. Don't forget your helmet: it is compulsory for adults to wear helmets on roads outside cities. for child under 16 it is compulsory at all times / ALC.
  • Approaching Peñacoba. Partial view of the mountain range and valley near Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • El Moreco, and old pilgrim milestone, in the old path to Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • Limestone blocks in the quarry of Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • Hiking to Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • Approaching to Silos. Panoramic view of Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • Tunnel of La Yecla. Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • Gorge of La Yecla. Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC
  • Footbridge through the limestone gorge of La Yecla, near Santo Domingo de Silos. Burgos / ALC
  • Colony of griffon vultures in La Yecla. Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos / ALC

The history of Silos is the history of Castile: although Almanzor -the famous Muslim general and ruler of Al Andalus-  caused great destruction at the end of the tenth century, it had an enormous splendor between the XI-XIII centuries. This was possible thanks to its promoter the abbot Santo Domingo who, around the year 1000, rebuilt the monastery, becoming a great spiritual, cultural and artistic center.

The Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos is linked to the history of el Cid, since in life Rodrigo and his wife Jimena donated some of their estates to the Monastery. In the year 1081, the year in which the Cid was exiled, the cloister was still building.

Visiting Silos

Silos is a small Castilian town with numerous tourist services. It is a good place to rest and to taste one of its gastronomic specialties: roast baby goat. Almost all the town gravitates around the monastery, where you can visit some of its most important spaces, such as the cloister or its museum of religious art.

Very close to Santo Domingo de Silos, a few kilometers down the road towards Hinojar de Cervera, is a natural place known as La Yecla, a deep and narrow gully carved into the limestone by which the visitor can enter through a short series of hanging walkways that alternate giant kettles and waterfalls.

Also, you can not miss ...

  • You can not leave Silos without visiting its exceptional Romanesque cloister, in one of whose carved capitals you can see a medieval army that reflects with enough precision the war clothes in the days of el Cid. The religious services of the monks offer the possibility of listening the Gregorian chant, sung by the monks in a very spiritual way that took the monks to acquire world-wide fame during the Eighties.

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 Rev. ALC: 13.09.18