Camino Francés - San Millán de la Cogolla

Information about San Millán de la Cogolla

San Millán de la Cogolla is a town in La Rioja located at the foot of the Sierra de la Demanda and on the French Way. This small village has a lot to offer, as it presents some jewels declared World Heritage Site and is presented in an incomparable scenic setting. It is worth making a stop on the way to enjoy one of the most charming villages in La Rioja. It is a quiet place that opens its way in the middle of the valley of the Cárdenas River.

What to see and do in San Millán de la Cogolla

The monastery of Suso

The monasteries of Suso and Yuso are World Heritage Sites and represent the most characteristic and identifying buildings of San Millán de la Cogolla. For its part, the monastery of Suso is the oldest and its origin is determined practically in the cave in which the saint who gives his name to the town took refuge.

It is preserved in an excellent state and the manuscripts found inside it stand out. It is classified as one of the most fundamental scriptoriums of the Middle Ages and is therefore of great patrimonial importance. The history of this construction is very long and it is determined that around the year 923 the monastery was inhabited by Mozarabic monks. They left their mark on the architecture visible in the Mozarabic horseshoe arch that leads into the church, the square chapels and the twin chapels inside.