The Monastery of San Toribio near Potes

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 Monastery of San Toribio

The Monastery of San Toribio

The Coat of Arms above the monastery door

The Coat of Arms above the monastery door

The Church of the Monastery of San Toribio

The Church of the Monastery of San Toribio

The entrance to the Cloister at San Toribio

The entrance to the Cloister at San Toribio

 

The interior of the Church at the Monastery of San Toribio

The interior of the Church at the Monastery of San Toribio

The interior of the Church at the Monastery of San Toribio

The interior of the Church at the Monastery of San Toribio

The tomb of San Toribio

The tomb of San Toribio

The Cloister was quiet and peaceful, with only the sound of the water.

Hydrangeas in the Cloister of San Toribio

Hydrangeas in the Cloister of San Toribio

Pot of geraniums in the Cloister of San Toribio

Pot of geraniums in the Cloister of San Toribio

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.

The Hermitage of San Miguel

The Hermitage of San Miguel

The view towards Fuente De

The view towards Potes

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.

The Tower of the Inrantado in Potes

The Tower of the Inrantado in Potes

Illustrated copies of the Commentary in the exhibition

Illustrated copies of the Commentary in the exhibition

Beatus in the University of Manchester, showing (R) Noah’s Ark

The Gerona copy of the Beatus with the 12 disciples

Another wonderful day in Potes!