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At The Top—The Monastery of Yuso in La Rioja, Spain

Construction of the Monastery of Yuso began in 1030 when Sancho el Mayor, reinventing the pilgrim path of Santiago, ordered Saint Millán’s relics be put on display to encourage prayer.

The construction of a new monastery at Yuso was because of a lack of space left available at the Monastery of Suso at the top of the adjacent hill.

The first literature produced in Castilian, from which Spanish is derived, was produced at Suso. In the early 16th century the community moved into the fine new monastery of Yuso, below the older complex, and today continues as a thriving community.

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