Abbey of Santa María de Alaón

Local nameMonasterio de Santa María de Alaón
LocationSopeira, Spain

The Royal Abbey of Santa María de Alaón is a former Benedictine abbey, earlier a Cluniac priory, in Sopeira in the Pyrenean county of Ribagorza, Aragon, Spain, established in the late 11th or early 12th century over a 6th or 7th century foundation. The monastery is notable for its Lombard Romanesque architectural style.Monastic life continued until the Ecclesiastical Confiscations of Mendizábal in 1836, when the monastery was abandoned, and the abbey was relegated to the status of parish church of the town of Sopeira. A hundred years later, during the Spanish Civil War a fire destroyed part of the monastic buildings and what little content had remained. The church has since been restored, along with such other structures as survived, and continues to serve the community.

The groundplan of the temple is that of a basilica with three aisles and semi-cylindrical apses with blind arcades and a square bell tower of four storeys.

Tags CatholicPlace of WorshipChristian
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Address (Unnamed Road), 22583, Spain

Coordinates 42°19'5.362" N 0°44'58.554" E

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