Monastery of Iratche

Monastery of Iratche Place of interest


The monastery is first attested on a 958 document, and also cited in a donation done by King Sancho I Garces (10th century). The monastery became a landmark as a hospital for pilgrims on route to Santiago in the Way of Saint James. In 1813, the monastery provided medical cares for the anti-Napoleonic parties.

The monastery has been protected as a monument since 1877. In 2007 the buildings, apart from the church, were designated for conversion into a Parador. As a result of the economic crisis, as at 2012 the conversion project was pending. The parador is intended to offer high-quality accommodation to travellers on the Way of St. James.

Next to the monastery, an essential stop is the winery and its fountain with two spouts – water comes from one, and wine from the other.

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