San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries

San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries

The monastic community founded by St Millán in the mid-6th century became a place of pilgrimage. A fine Romanesque church built in honour of the holy man still stands at the site of Suso. It was here that the first literature was produced in Castilian, from which one of the most widely spoken languages in the world today is derived. In the early 16th century the community was housed in the fine new monastery of Yuso, below the older complex; it is still a thriving community today.

Monastères de San Millán de Yuso et de Suso

La communauté monastique fondée par San Millán au milieu du VIe siècle est devenue un lieu de pèlerinage et une belle église romane, qui subsiste toujours à Suso, a été construite en l'honneur du saint homme. C'est là le berceau de la langue espagnole, qui allait devenir l'une des langues les plus parlées au monde. Au début du XVIe siècle, la communauté s'est installée en contrebas de l'ancien monastère, dans le nouveau et beau monastère de Yuso, toujours en activité aujourd'hui.

أديرة سان ميلان في يوسو وسوسو

أصبحت الجماعة الرهبانيّة التي أسسها سان ميلان في أواسط القرن السادس محطة حجّ وكنيسةً رومانيّةً جميلةً لا زالت موجودةً في سوسو وقد شيُدّت احتفاءً بذكرى القديس. وهذه المدينة مهد اللغة الإسبانيّة التي أصبحت إحدى اللغات الأكثر انتشاراً في العالم. مطلع القرن السادس، تأسست الجماعة عند أسفل الدير القديم في دير يوسو الجديد والجميل المستمرّ في نشاطه.

source: UNESCO/ERI

圣米延尤索和素索修道院

圣米延于公元6世纪中叶在该世界遗产所在地建立了修士团体,后来,这里成为了基督教徒的朝圣地。今天,这座为了纪念圣米延而修建的罗马式教堂历尽沧桑,依然矗立在素索。就是在这里产生了最早使用卡斯提尔语言的文学作品,今天全世界最广泛使用的语言之一——西班牙语,就起源于此。公元16世纪初,在素索旧址的下方,一座漂亮的新修道院——尤索修道院建成,它至今依然在兴旺地发展壮大。

source: UNESCO/ERI

Монастыри Сан-Мильян в Юсо и в Сусо

Монашеская община, основанная Cв. Эмилианом в середине VI в., стала местом паломничества. Прекрасная романская церковь, построенная в честь этого святого, все еще стоит в местечке Сусо. Именно здесь были созданы первые литературные тексты на кастильском языке, на базе которого в дальнейшем сформировался один из наиболее широко распространенных в современном мире языков – испанский. В начале XVI в. община получила прекрасный новый монастырь в Юсо, ниже старого комплекса; этот монастырь процветает и поныне.

source: UNESCO/ERI

Monasterios de San Millán de Yuso y de Suso

El emplazamiento de la comunidad monástica fundada por San Millán a mediados del siglo VI se convirtió con el tiempo en un lugar de peregrinación. En honor de este santo se construyó en Suso una bella iglesia románica que se conserva aún. Este sitio fue la cuna de la lengua española, que ha llegado a ser uno de los idiomas más hablados del mundo. A principios del siglo XVI, la comunidad se instaló en un terreno situado debajo del antiguo monasterio y edificó el nuevo y bello monasterio de Yuso, donde todavía prosigue sus actividades.

source: UNESCO/ERI

サン・ミジャン・ユソとサン・ミジャン・スソの修道院群

source: NFUAJ

San Millán Yuso en Suso kloosters

De kloostergemeenschap gesticht door Sint Millán werd halverwege de 6e eeuw een bedevaartsoord. De prachtige Romaanse kerk in Suso werd gebouwd ter ere van de heilige en staat er nog steeds. In de vroeg 16e eeuw kreeg de kloostergemeenschap een nieuw onderkomen in de vorm van het nieuwe klooster van Yuso, gelegen boven het oudere complex. De architectuur van de kloosters bestaat uit Mozarabische, Visigotische, middeleeuwse, renaissance en barok stijlen. De Spaanse geschreven en gesproken taal is geboren in deze kloosters; de eerste literatuur in het Castiliaans werd hier geschreven en ontwikkelde zich tot een van de meest gesproken talen ter wereld.

Source: unesco.nl

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San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries © UNESCO
Justification for Inscription

The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii), (iv) and (vi), considering that the Monasteries of Suso and Yuso at San Millán de la Cogolla are exceptional testimony to the introduction and continuous survival of Christian monasticism, from the 6th century to the present day. The property is also of outstanding associative significance as the birthplace of the modern written and spoken Spanish language.

Long Description

The Spanish language was born in these monasteries, San Millán Suso and Yuso, and they form an important part of the history of humanity. Because of the identification and inter-relationship of the two monasteries with elements of the Mozarabic, Visigothic, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque styles, the architecture and the natural landscape bring together highly significant periods in the history of Spain.

In the mid-6th century the holy San Millán settled at a site, now known as the Suso Monastery, on the flanks of the Cogolla or Distercios hills, where he was joined by other eremitic monks to found the Cogolla Community. During the lifetime of the saint a small monastery was built on the hillside in Visigothic style. This was enlarged in the 7th century by the construction of a porch or hall up against the caves, in which to receive pilgrims. The church was rebuilt in 929, during the reign of García Sanchez of Navarre and Castille, in Mozarabic style and King Sancho Abarca and his wife, Doña Urraca, attended its dedication in 984.

The Codex Aemilianensis 60 was written in the Suso scriptorium in the 9th and 10th centuries by one of the monks, who added marginal notes in Castilian and Basque, along with a prayer in Castilian, to clarify passages in the Latin text: this is the first known example of written Spanish.

After the church was damaged by fire in the early 11th century it was restored by King Sancho the Great, with some modifications such as the orientation of the church and the building of a chapel to house the recumbent statue of San Millán.

King Garcia Sanchez of Najera ordered the building of the Suso Monastery in 1503, and work began the following year, starting with the church (built within sight of the older monastery), the two cloisters, sacristy, chapter house, library, gallery, and rooms. The north wall of the church was rebuilt alter collapsing in 1595, and in the century that followed the ensemble was extended with the addition of the facade of the church, tower, porter's lodge, main entrance, and abbot's chamber, to the plans of the architect Juan de Raón. The monastery consists of a series of hermits' caves, a church, and an entrance porch or narthex. The caves, originally used by the monks, are cut into the southern slope of the mountain. They form the northern boundary of the church, consisting of twin aisles and five bays. Elements of Romanesque building of the Visigothic period are still clearly visible, including some striking capitals. The Mozarabic arches preserve the identity of the earlier structure. On the south facade there is a series of portals added during the reconstruction, one of which is named after Gonzalo de Berceo, as it was here that he composed his seminal poetry.

Archaeological excavations in advance of consolidation work on the west side of the church have revealed the foundations of a number of the other monastery buildings and the sites of the caves used by the original eremitic monks on the hillside above and around the church.

The main buildings of the Yuso Monastery, next to the modern village and below the Suso Monastery, cluster around a small cloister known as the Canons' Cloister (Patio de la Luna) and the main cloister, named after San Millán. The latter is two-storeyed, the lower part being open and roofed with star-ribbed vaulting and the upper part closed (now housing the museum). To the west lie the imposing Monarch's Chamber and the great main staircase. The well proportioned church, reached through a fine Baroque portal to the north of the cloister, is rectangular in plan, with a central nave and three aisles and six bays separated by cylindrical columns; there is a lofty choir at the east end. This is separated from the nave by two screens, the outer in wrought iron and of superlative workmanship, and the inner an ornate Baroque masterpiece by Francisco Bisou (1767). On the east are the former chapter house (now the sacristy), an elegant Baroque chamber, with the impressive library of the monastery on its upper floor. Finally, the austere but well-proportioned refectory, with the more ornate Abbot's Chamber above, lie on the south side. Access to the monastery is through a monumental gate to a spacious courtyard and through an ornately decorated archway.

Source: UNESCO/CLT/WHC
Historical Description

In the mid-6th century the holy man Millán settled at a site, now known as the Suso (‘Upper" or "Above") Monastery, on the flanks of the Cogolla or Distercios hills, where he was joined by other eremitic monks to found the Cogolla Community. During the lifetime of the saint a small monastery was built on the hillside in Visigothic style. This was enlarged in the 7th century by the construction of a porch or hall up against the caves in which to receive pilgrims. The church was rebuilt in 929, during the reign of Garcia Sanchez of Navarre and Castille, in Mozarabic style as a royal donation. King Sancho Abarca and his wife, Doiia Urraca, attended its dedication in 984.

The Codex AEmilianensis 60 was written in the Suso scriptorium in the 9th and 10th centuries. One of the monks added marginal notes in Castilian and Basque, along with a prayer in Castilian, to clarify passages in the Latin text. This is the first known example of written Spanish.

After the church was damaged by fire in the early 11th century it was restored by King Sancho the Great. At that time the porch was extended and used as a church, thereby changing the orientation of the sacred building. In the following century one of the caves abutting the nave of the church was converted into a chapel, to house the recumbent statue of San Mill& made by Mozarabic monks. It was in this monastery that Gonzalo de Berceo wrote the first poems in Castilian during the 13th century in one of the porticoes of the church.

King Garcia Sanchez of Najera ordered the building of the Yuso ("Lower" or "Below') Monastery in 1503, and work began the following year, starting with the church, which was built within sight of the older monastery. This was followed by the two cloisters, sacristy, chapter house, library, gallery, and rooms around the Patio de la Luna. The north wall of the church was rebuilt after collapsing in 1595. and in the century that followed the ensemble was extended with the addition of the facade of the church, tower, porter's lodge, main entrance, and abbot's chamber, to the plans of the architect Juan de Raon. Finally, the square in front of the monastery was completed in the 18th century.

Source: Advisory Body Evaluation