What to see and do in San Juan de Ortega
Monastery of San Juan de Ortega
This is the most important monument in the town. Here you will see a clear example of Romanesque art and style, which was built in the late thirteenth century and expanded in the fourteenth century under the Gothic style prevailing at that time in Europe.
There are many details worth mentioning regarding the architecture of this beautiful building. In fact there is one element in particular that completely attracts anyone’s attention and that is the Capital of the Annunciation.
This capital, which is also in Romanesque style, represents various scenes from the birth of Jesus. The first scene shows the Archangel Gabriel kneeling in front of the Virgin Mary announcing that she will conceive and become the mother of Jesus, followed by the Virgin Mary’s visit to her cousin St. Elizabeth and Joseph’s dream when the angel announces that Mary’s son would be God’s messenger. It ends with the Nativity of Christ which represents the birth of Jesus with the presence of the Virgin Mary, the midwives and the manger being held by the same angel, and then the announcement of the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.
Inside the monastery of San Juan de Ortega, you can admire other impressive details such as the beautiful tomb of San Juan de Ortega. Decorated with figures, scenes and elegant reliefs. The tomb is presented as a sculptural jewel of the late Romanesque period in Spain, which is worth seeing in detail.