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Moreruela Abbey

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HISTORY

It was a monastery belonging to the Cistercian order located in the vicinity of the Granja de Moreruela municipality, in the northwest of the province of Zamora (autonomous community of Castilla y León, Spain). In a place away from the population centers, next to the so-called Vía de la Plata. It is considered one of the first Cistercian monasteries built in the Iberian Peninsula.

WHY THIS PLACE

It is considered to have been the first Hispanic Cistercian monastery. Its incorporation dates from 1131. End of construction, beginning of the twelfth century. It was a religious building that belonged to the Cistercian Order, and was located in the Spanish municipality of Granja de Moreruela, northwest of the province of Samora, in the autonomous community of Castile and Leon. The monastery is located in an isolated place from the population agglomerations, along the Via da Prata. It is considered one of the first Cistercian monasteries built on the Iberian Peninsula. Romanesque, Gothic dominant style.

CURIOSITIES

The monks who lived in the dependencies of the monastery were subject to the rules of San Benito. These rules are summarized in 72 chapters and describe in detail the rules of coexistence. They describe not only the behavior, but also the observance of clothing, and how the monk should behave in each of the religious services. The layout of the buildings in the monastery facilitates the observance of the rules of Saint Benedict. In the dormitory, the monks rest until the touch of matins. At this early hour, the monks get up and enter the Church through the matins' staircase to perform the first prayer of the day. After this first moment, everyone goes to the chapter house to receive the work to be carried out. There they are all presided over by the abbot after the office.

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