A scant kilometer from Pots, located at the end of the Picos de Europa, heading to the westernmost point of the province, there is a road that goes up to the monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana, which was started to be built in the 7th century by Santo Toribio, Bishop of Palencia and native of these mountains, and in which he later lived as a monk.
Before him we met another Saint of the same name, also a native of the place and who in the 5th century came from the Holy Land with one of the saints relics that are kept in the place and that he was trying to hide from the hordes of Teodorico, when he invaded Galicia. This place was the birthplace of one of the greatest bibliographic treasures Spanish people.
Towards the year 786 Blessed, monk of the Monastery of San Martín, origin of the current one of Santo Toribio, wrote his explanatio in Apocalipsim, whose great repercussion gave rise to the precious codices, called “Beatus” richly mined that can be found in places like the Girona Cathedral or the National Library. In front of the Puerta del Perdón, in the Romanesque style, is the reliquary It contains the Lignum Crucis, which they say is the largest preserved piece of the Holy Cross.
From the Monastery you can see the majestic peaks of the Picos de Europa, almost always snowy. It should not be forgotten that in any of the surrounding towns or in Potes itself, you can enjoy very comfortable accommodation and a rich gastronomy.
Visita a Potes y al Monasterio de Santo Toribio de Liébana (April 2021)