Ten kilometres from the centre of Burgos is this monastery inhabited by Cistercian monks of strict observance, also known as Trappist monks.
The foundation of the monastery dates back to the Visigothic period and later, from the 11th to the 19th century, it was inhabited by Benedictine monks. The prosperity of the monastery in medieval times is reflected in the high quality of its scriptorium.
In addition, the building has undergone several restorations, so that various styles coexist in it. Highlights include the Romanesque-style Cidian Tower, the Cloister of the Martyrs dating from the 12th century, the 13th-century Chapter House and the church rebuilt in the 15th century.
A MONASTERY LINKED TO THE CID
On the guided tour of the Monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña we will introduce you to the history of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, a historical figure with a great legend surrounding his life. Literature has undoubtedly contributed to this legend. Above all, the Cantar de Mio Cid, the first epic poem of literature in the Castilian language.
According to tradition, before going into exile, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar left his wife Doña Jimena and their daughters in San Pedro de Cardeña, under the protection of Abbot Sisebuto.
In addition, in the Chapel of Saint Sisebuto you can see the tombs of the Cid and his wife Jimena, whose remains have rested in Burgos Cathedral since 1921, after having been moved several times.
Also, outside the monastery you can see a stone monolith indicating the place where Babieca, faithful horse of El Campeador, is supposedly buried.
History and legend intermingle to make your visit unforgettable; the monastery will surprise you!