ID Location - 227 -
- Name:San Martín Pinario Monastery
Owner:Arzobispado de Santiago de Compostela
Municipality:Santiago de Compostela
Address:Praza da Inmaculada
Web / URL:Contact:Santiago Film Commission
Phone:(+34) 981 580 499
Description:The monastery reflects a very simple and cold design, with the only exception of the façade, which is accessed by a large stairway. The façade is divided into three parts with a central section bordered by two four-storey walls. Located in Santiago de Compostela (La Coruña, Galicia), its five-section tower helps break the monotony of the façade. The doorway, framed by several Doric columns, houses an image of St. Benedict and is crowned by the structure added by Fernando de Casas, which includes the Spanish coat of arms among scallop shells and the figure of St. Martin of Tours.
Hours of Daylight:15 / 9
Climate:The humid oceanic climate guarantees mild temperatures throughout the year. The annual mean temperature is around 15 o C, with an average of 8 o C in winter and a pleasant summer with temperatures ranging from 20 to 27 o C. Most of the rain falls in winter, with variable amounts in spring and autumn.
Historical Period:6th-10th centuries
State of Conservation:In good state
Level of protection:Complete Monumental Protection
Historical-Cultural Context:It was a monastery (the second biggest in Spain after El Escorial) until the mid-19th century and now has different uses. Besides being the "Seminario Mayor" (seminary), it houses the Social Work School, Theology studies, it is a student residence during the academic year and a guesthouse in summer. It also holds the Diocesan Archive and different administrative offices mainly linked to the Church. It is worth highlighting its Museum and, in the basement of its south façade, the permanent exhibition "Galicia Dixital". Church holds worship only on special occasions and private ceremonies.