The Abbey of Santa María de Viaceli – the first reinforced concrete building in Spain

The Abbey of Santa María de Viaceli (Abadía de Santa María de Viaceli) is a monastery of the Order of La Trappe located in the town of Cóbreces, municipality of Alfoz de Lloredo, Cantabria (Spain), overlooking the Cantabrian Sea and just 500 meters from it.

Originally Cistercian, the monastery is currently inhabited by a community of the Cistercian Order of the Narrow Observance (Trappist monks).

It was founded by Cistercian monks from the Abbey of Santa María del Desierto (France) thanks to the donation of the family patrimony of Antonio and Manuel Bernaldo de Quirós. It has the privilege of being the first reinforced concrete building in Spain. The monastic complex was built between 1906 and 1910 in a disheveled neo-Gothic style, adapted to Cistercian austerity.

On October 16, 1926 it became an abbey.

Some of its monks were killed during the religious persecution carried out during the Second Spanish Republic.

One of the most famous cheeses in Cantabria is made in the abbey.

In 2013, together with the parish church of San Pedro Ad Vincula located in the same town, it was declared an Asset of Local Interest of Cantabria.

Address: Barrio los Corrales, Nº 191, 39320 Cóbreces, Cantabria, Spain.


Friday 4:45AM–9PM
Saturday 4:45AM–9PM
Sunday 4:45AM–9PM
Monday 4:45AM–9PM
Tuesday 4:45AM–9PM
Wednesday 4:45AM–9PM
Thursday 4:45AM–9PM

How to get to?

From Santander 40 min (39.4 km) via A-67 and CA-131

From Madrid 4 hr 20 min (448 km) via A-67

GPS coordinates: 43°23′10″N 4°12′45″W

Read more: Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch ...