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Porta Speciosa with a depiction of Nunio and Alodio, whose relics were once revered there (11th century).
Crypt. 11th century.
Monastery of San Salvador of Leyre
Monastery of San Salvador of Leyre
Monastery of San Salvador of Leyre

The Monastery of San Salvador of Leyre (pronounced: Leh-ee-reh) is placed at the south of the Sierra of Leyre, in Navarra, Spain. It is one of the most important historical monasteries of Spain. Documentation of the site dating from the 9th century still exists; since then it has been in various states of repair, undergoing many expansions and remodellations (the deepest one made in the 16th century, when almost the totality of the monastery was rebuilt). Important Romanesque architecture pieces have survived until the present day (such as the church, with its Porta Speciosa), as well as even more ancient parts like the notable crypt.

The monastery is located in the Way of Saint James.

The name Leyre (pronounced: Leh-ee-reh), also spelled Leire in a more modern way, is a female name, quite popular name in Spain, especially in Navarra.

Coordinates: 42°38′07″N 1°10′18″W / 42.63528°N 1.17167°W / 42.63528; -1.17167


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