One of the big surprises that lies ahead Segovia is the Parral Monastery, which you find in the valley of the Eresma river.
For visit the Monastery of El Parral, you will access the road that starts from the Aqueduct To the northeast. At the second crossroads on the right you have the detour that takes you to the Alameda area, where the monastic building is located.
After passing by the Mint, from the 16th century, and crossing the river, you arrive at the doors of the monastery.
In front of you you will see the great Parral Monastery church, whose exterior facade at all announces the artistic splendor that you will find inside.
Grave in the church of the Monastery of Santa María de El Parral in Segovia
You will find the door of the church closed, like that of the monastery, as the visit is carried out only at certain times and in a guided way.
During the visit you will discover not only the great artistic beauty of the interior of the church, but also a wonderful panoramic view of the Alcazar of Segovia. And likewise you will be able to know details of the life of silence and prayer of the eleven Jerome monks of the monastery.
Views of the Alcazar from the portico of the Monastery of El Parral in Segovia
The visiting hours of the Monastery of Parral de Segovia they are, from Wednesday to Saturday, at 10, 11.30, 16.15 and 17.45 hours. On Sundays and holidays, visits are at 10, 16.15 and 17.45 hours.
To do it guided tour of the Parral Monastery, you have to arrive at the scheduled start time. The monastery's doorman will leave it and first of all it will lead you to see inside the church.
Church benches manufactured in the Monastery of El Parral in Segovia
After surprising you with the great artistic wealth of this gothic church, you will return to the door of the monastery, which you will cross to access a arcaded gallery in front of a pond surrounded by orchards. Before you will have the aforementioned panoramic view of the Alcazar of Segovia.
Then you will tour the Cloister of the Goal and, finally, you will arrive at the entrance of Cloister of the Hospedería, which because it is already a closing zone, you will only see through a large glass.
During the visit you will also know that currently the Parral Monastery It is a small factory producing church banks, where eleven employees work, and you can see some samples of them in the aforementioned Cloister of the Portería.
Pond on the porch of the Monastery of El Parral in Segovia
Likewise, you will discover the Hospedería del Monasterio del Parral, to which you can go (only men ...) to share for no more than a week the life of closure and silence with the Jerome monks.
And if it catches your attention, attend a Gregorian chanting mass, you can do it in the Parral Monastery church. Every Sunday and holiday of the year you have Mass at 12 noon, and it comes to last about 75 minutes in summer, and about 50 minutes in the rest of the year, because the church grounds are very cold in winter.
In the summer season, you can also listen to the Gregorian chant of the jerome monks in the masses that the working days celebrate at 13 hours.
And finally, comment that the price you have to pay for the visit of the monastery is the will.<>