"Church of San Paio" Monasterio de San Paio de Antealtares Tip by Oleg_D.

That monastery was founded here by Alfonso II El Casto the King of Asturia in 830 A.D. The local Benedictine monks supposed to look after recently discovered tomb and relics of Saint James the Apostle. Monastery was dedicated to Sant Paio the child martyr from the city of Cordoba. In 1499 Benedictines left that monastery. Ever since that time monastery belong to the cloistered nuns.
Although that place has so ancient and long history and in fact this is the oldest local ecclesiastic institution, alas, alas, all buildings of monastery and its church were built in XVII-XVIII century. So, don’t expect to see here the masterpieces of Romanesque and Gothic. This place is waiting for the fans of baroque and classicism. Anyway it is worth to be visited to.
There is also sacred arts museum in that monastery.
Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial pictures without flash light and tripod.

Church and sacred art museum are open:
From April to December:
Monday-Saturday: 10:30 am-11:30 and 16:00-17:00
Saturday: church opens 30 min later and closed on Sunday.

Address: Antealtares, 23 15704 Santiago de Compostela
Phone: +34 981 56 06 23
Website: http://www.santiagoturismo.com/monumentos/mosteiro-e-igrexa-de-san-paio-de-antealtares-11

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