Things to see and do - Ourense
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Isolated in the Arenteiro Valley, this grandiose Cisercian monastery was founded in the mid-12C by Alfonso VII. The name is a reminder of the wild bears that used to roam this area but it is also known as the Escurial of Galicia. The monastery has a ..
pl. del Trigo 1
This 12 and 13C building was constantly re-designed. The interior is well defined and the Pórtico del Paraíso copies the Portal of Glory at Compostel with its three marvellously sculpted arches.
Gracious and elegant 14C cloister with Gothic arcade on thin twin columns; the decor of diamond points and foliage is refined. Some capitals are decorated with hunt scenes or people.
Museums and art
Praza Maior, s/n
The former bishops' palace presents a fine emblazoned façade on the Praza Maior. The Museo Arqueológico y de Bellas Artes is undergoing renovations: a few objects are exhibited in the room of San Francisco's cloister.