Surely even if you have not visited this monastery you will have heard of it. It is an abbey of the Benedictine order, with origins in the 12th century, a period from which one of its main sculptural works dates, its Romanesque cloister , one of the masterpieces of Spanish Romanesque. A Mudejar coffered ceiling from the 14th century finishes off the cloister. It is a double-storey cloister, forming a quadrilateral with slightly unequal sides.
Do not forget to observe the collection of 64 capitals in the lower cloister, and the corners of the gallery with scenes from The Ascension and Pentecost, The Sepulcher and The Descent, The Disciples of Emmaus and The Doubt of Saint Thomas and The Annunciation to Mary and The Tree of Jesse.
The monastery is inhabited by monks. Every day, during the mass, you can hear them say their prayers, prayers and offices completely in Gregorian . A real treat for the ears and the eyes in the monastic church , a neoclassical work from the 18th century with some remains of the old Mozarabic temple on which it was built.
The monastery has a museum that keeps deposits from the Middle Ages and later centuries, paintings, goldsmiths, sculptures and enamels .
Its apothecary , created in 1705, is interesting. It had its own botanical garden, a pharmaceutical laboratory and a specialized library . About 400 volumes edited between the 16th and 19th centuries are preserved. There are also several hundred earthenware jars that were used as containers for medicinal products.
It can be visited every day, except Monday, in the morning and afternoon.
According to the Silos Abbey website, visits to the Monastery:
On Mondays the cloister is closed all day and there are no tourist visits. Admission is free on Wednesday afternoons. The cloister is closed all day on January 1 and December 25, and also on other occasional monastic celebrations.
CLOISTER: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and Holidays from 12 to 13h and 16 to 18h.
(Holy Thursday and Good Friday closed in the afternoon)
LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS WITH PUBLIC
Monday to Sádado 6am, 7:30am, 9am, 1:45pm, 7pm, 9:40pm
Sundays and Holidays 6am, 8am, 10.30am, 11am, 1.45pm, 7pm, 9.40pm
(The Eucharist is at 9 a.m. from Monday to Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sundays and Holidays)
More information on the Silos Abbey website https://www.abadiadesilos.es/horario-visitas-al-claustro/
Images of the Cloister and the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos