The two great monasteries of the Network of Routes of Charles V in Cáceres

As different as they are equally attractive, these are two proposals that you should get to know if you haven’t already done so.

One, at the foot of the Sierra de Tormantos. The other, in the Sierra de las Villuercas. Both are of great historical value and are already part of Spanish history. One is the Monastery of Yuste. The other is the Monastery of Guadalupe.

In the province of Cáceres, and within our network of routes, two great monasteries stand out, Guadalupe and Yuste. The former, World Heritage Site since 1993, has been a place of pilgrimage and one of the cultural and religious centres of the peninsula since the 15th century.

With a Mudejar façade, it treasures important miniated books, embroidery, reliquaries, paintings by the Extremaduran artist Zurbarán, El Greco and other painters, sculptures, goldsmiths, bronzes, etc.


Two of its jewels are the Museum of Miniated Books, or choir books, considered to be one of the most important of its kind in the world. Most of them are 16th and 17th century choir books; and the Museum of Painting and Sculpture, with works by Zurbarán, El Greco, Goya and Juan de Flandes, among others.

Meanwhile, two kilometres from Cuacos de Yuste is the Monastery of Yuste, whose palace was built to house Emperor Charles V during the last years of his life. As a curiosity, in his room you can see a window open to the choir so that you can follow the religious services without having to get out of bed.

A place in a privileged setting, where you can enjoy a pleasant stroll around the pond. It is also currently the headquarters of the European Foundation Academia de Yuste, which promotes the ideals of the European Union as an area of peace, freedom, democracy and diversity.

SOURCE: Turismo Cáceres

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