The monastery in Santo Domingo de Silos ,
of Visigothic origin, was razed to the ground by the Arabs, and
rebuilt by Santo Domingo, whose remains lie in a sarcophagus that
was carved on the rock. It has a sensational Romanesque cloister,
whose most important storey is the bottom one, dates from the
11th and 12th centuries, and has beautiful capitals, with varied
sculptures, resting on double columns.
On its corners we can see eight remarkable relieves that depict scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, and on the ceiling, a Mudejar coffer from the 14th century, representing scenes from daily medieval life. The monastery, managed by Benedictine monks who celebrate Gregorian masses, has a rich library, and an 18th-century pharmacy, which holds a collection of Talavera jars, and a lab full of antique instruments.