Santo Domingo de Silos
On the way to the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, jewel of the universal Romanesque, we find other beatiful villages, like Hacinas that will surprise us with its fossil trees.
At four kilometers and a half from Salas, south direction, we found Hacinas. This village has fossil vegetables very good conservated, belonging to a wood. Tree of these stoned trees can be seen into the city center, but to the rest you have to go far away. From Hacinas there is a highway that will carry us trough the gorge of Mataviejas river and surrounded by all "sabinares", to Santo Domingo de Silos, once we had cross Carazo.
Silos, much more than a Monastery!
Santo Domingo de Silos a village archetypical of the area. Its buildings made of adobe bricks and wood. Its wall ruins from the XII century, the ‘Museo de Sonidos de la Tierra’ (Earth-sound Museum) which houses the best musical instruments collection in Spain, Silos is well-known for its Monastery, a Romanic jewel. Founded by Count Fernán González in the X century. It is in the double Visigoth Cloister, where all the wonders of the Monastery are concentrated. The ground floor is the most important one, it contains 60 half-pointed arches resting on similar number of capitals, all illustrated with birds, animal battles, harpies, lions, etc.
The Monastery’s Museum preserves important art relics, Saint Domingo’s Mozarabic chalice (11c), a Roman Patina (12 & 13c) medieval crosses etc.
The Library with more than 80.000 volumes is worthwhile a visit, the old chemist (13c) and its collection jars from Talavera de la Reina (famous for its pottery) and its medical instruments.