San Millan Monastery: Soul and history in La Rioja

Among vineyards and within one of my favorites valleys in La Rioja, lie the Monasteries of Suso and Yuso of San Millán de la Cogolla. These were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, for historical, artistic, religious, linguistic and literary reasons. Being from La Rioja, I have had the opportunity to visit them on numerous occasions. In each visit I have shared memorable moments with beloved people, acquired valuable learning, discovered wonderful secrets and I have always felt a deep sense tranquility whenever I find myself there.

The monastic community was founded by St Millán in the mid-6th century and became a place of pilgrimage. It was here that the first literature was produced in Spanish, a treasure for more than 500 million people who share this beautiful language, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world today. The first words of Basque language were also found here, San Millán is therefore known as the “cradle of the language”.

I invite you to discover this place and to connect with the vast nature of its surroundings, its history, its heritage and, especially to connect with the people.

For more information visit their website: www.monasteriodesanmillan.com