Inside the Monasterio de Santo Toribio de Liebana, Potes

Monasterio de Santo Toribio de Liebana near Potes in the Picos de Europa is rich in religious history. The surrounding area gives clues as to how the monks lived their day to day lives, often having to hide from incursions and other dangers. The interior of the monastery is a colourful place with rich trappings and fine art; a far cry from the humility the monks project.

 

The dais is difficult to see under normal circumstances because the monastery is so dark inside.

 

The stained glass windows are vibrant.

 

 

 

 

Even in the glass symbolism is rife.

 

The artwork is heavy and depressing; you can almost feel the misery pouring from it.

 

This altar is locked away from visitors, undoubtedly due to its extravagant composition and gold accoutrements.

 

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