The Monastery of Santa Toribio de Liébana is apparently only one of five sites in Christianity that can issue a perpetual indulgence.
The original monastery was founded before 6C and houses the largest piece of the true cross in a silver reliquary which is in a chapel used for prayer, and so no photographs here. The most important part of the monastery is the church which started building in 1256 and has been changed several times over the years.
The Cloister was quiet and peaceful, with only the sound of the water.
On the hillside just outside the Monastery there are two hermitages. The lower one overlooks Potes to one side, and up into Fuente Dé on the other side. This is the Hermitage of San Miguel (St Michael); we did not visit the higher site.
Béato of Liébana was a monk at the Monastery of San Toribio and there was an exhibition of his work in the Infantado Tower in Potes. His best-known work is a Commentary on the Book of Revelations by St John, written in 8C. There are apparently many copies of the work, illustrated, in libraries throughout Europe. The illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful and I am resolved to hunt out similar volumes in the British Library and British Museum on my return to London.
Another wonderful day in Potes!