Window Alcove —Monastery of Yuso in La Rioja, Spain
The first literature produced in Castilian, from which Spanish is derived, was created at the Monastery of Suso located atop the adjacent hill.
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 existing Monastery of Suso lacked the space to meet Sancho el Mayor’s requirements.
In the early 16th century the community was housed in the fine new monastery of Yuso, below the older complex, and today continues as a thriving community.