Thirteen Centuries Later, a Hit Album

silosThe famous Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos dates back to the 7th Century. With its two-story cloisters and intricate, carved stone panels, the monastery is a jewel of Romanesque architecture. It once held a very important library. Many of the manuscripts are now elsewhere, but the library is still home to the Missal of Silos. Dating from the 11th century, it’s the oldest-known paper document created in Christian Europe. In the 1990’s, the monks of Silos became internationally famous when they released an album of Gregorian chant that went triple platinum and got to #3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Click on images to see larger. Photos ©Mike Randolph

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2 Responses to Thirteen Centuries Later, a Hit Album

  1. Yolanda Evgeniou October 7, 2014 at 13:07 #

    How beautiful ! I wish I was walking through the monastery and enjoying the architect !

  2. Mike Randolph October 7, 2014 at 13:15 #

    It’s a very impressive monastery, probably the finest romanesque cloisters in Europe. Thanks for your comment, Yolanda.

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