Religious Buildings in Burgos
Civil Buildings in Burgos
The Monastery of St. Mary la Real of Las Huelgas is a historical and spiritual treasure located in the city of Burgos. It was founded in the 12th century by King Alfonso VIII of Castile and his wife Eleanor de Plantagenet and has played an important role in the region's history, witnessing significant events over the centuries.
It is a monastery with the appearance of a fortress, which in the past was surrounded by a wall. The oldest part of the monastery is the magnificent Romanesque cloister. The monastery is known for its impressive architecture, which combines Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance elements. The main façade stands out for its elegance and ornamental details, while the interior houses a beautifully decorated cloister with Romanesque and Gothic columns and arches.
The chapels and chapter rooms exhibit rich works of art, such as altarpieces, sculptures and paintings, which reflect the devotion of the Cistercian nuns who inhabited the place.
Another highlight is its historical importance. During the Middle Ages, it was the final resting place of royalty and nobility, and it houses the tombs of various kings and queens of Castile. It was also a cultural and religious centre, and its Cistercian nuns played an important role in the life of the community. Today it remains a place of worship and spirituality. Cistercian nuns continue their monastic life and participate in the daily liturgy.