The beginning of a community

San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries1997

UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage

After Millán’s death, a community of Christian elders began to form around his tomb. This led to a more communal way of life that was less isolated and more organised. Each religious hermit lived in their own cave and gathered once a week in a new construction, the monastery. This was a novel occurrence for Spain.


  • Title: The beginning of a community
  • Creator: San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  • Date Created: 1997
  • Location Created: Spain
  • Rights: San Millán de la Cogolla Foundation / JPEG Estudio
  • Location: Spain
  • Inscription Criteria: Criteria: (ii)(iv)(vi)
  • Date of Inscription: 1997
  • Category of Site: Cultural site

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