Things to see and do - Ourense
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E - 32004 Ourense
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 E - 32005 Ourense
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.
Emilia-Pardo-Bazán, s/n E - 32004 Ourense
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 E - 32005 Ourense
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.