Thursday, 13 October 2016

San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries

I love this postcard for several reasons: it has the colours of autumn, is about ancient religious buildings, it shows in just one image the two monasteries of this site, even if one of them is in second plan, in the background and it has information in the front and in the back of the card

San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries
This postcard was sent by Jordi

The monasteries of San Millán de Suso (6th century) and San Millán de Yuso (11th century) are two monasteries situated in the village of San Millán de la CogollaLa Rioja, Spain.
The two monasteries' names Suso and Yuso mean the "upper" and the "lower" in archaic Castilian, respectively. Suso is the older building and is believed to be built on the site of a hermitage where Saint Emilian (SpanishSan Millán) lived. Perhaps Suso's major claim to fame is as the place where phrases in the Spanish and Basque languages were written for the first time. UNESCO acknowledges the property "as the birthplace of the modern written and spoken Spanish language". The phrases in Spanish and Basque are glosses on a Latin text and are known as the Glosas Emilianenses. There is some debate as to whether the Spanish words are written in an early form of Castilian or in a related dialect. In either case, San Millán's importance as a cradle of the Spanish language is reinforced by the proximity of the village of Berceo which is associated with Gonzalo de Berceo, the first Spanish poet known by name. - in: wikipedia

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