Convent of San Antón

As a magic entry to the village of Castrojeriz, the arch of San Antón protects the entrance to this ancient convent. Its beautiful ruins echo a time past.

General Information:

Town: 
San Antón (Castrojeriz)
Address: 
Barrio de San Antón
Convent of San Antón
Convent of San Antón
Convent of San Antón
Convent of San Antón
Convent of San Antón
Convent of San Antón
Convent of San Antón
Address: Barrio de San Antón
Town: San Antón (Castrojeriz)

Descripción

Three kilometers away from Castrojeriz, the bucolic ruins of San Antón convent are situated by the Road to Santiago. Built in the twelfth century under the protection of King Alfonso VII, the remains that are still standing come from the fourteenth century.

The main entrance is really impressive because of the decoration that is present in its archivolts. Two niches can be seen, where the monks left bread and wine for the pilgrims. The church has one nave with choir, transept and three polygonal apses with beautiful windows. Other two entrances were situated in the southern part of the transept and in the western façade. In this one, the visitor can admire a rose window with the symbol of this religious order, the Tau.

The monks of San Antón, who occupied the convent till the eighteenth century, dedicated their lives to take care of pilgrims and sick people who suffered from the illness called “fire of San Antón”. This illness was caused by a contaminated type of bread and caused gangrene and burning. That’s the reason why it is called “fire”.

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