After a day footling around in Burgos, which including deciding not to go and visit a nearby archaeological world heritage site, I went back to Logrono and took a trip out into the country to see these two monasteries.
They are both dedicated to San Millan, a shepherd turned monk who lived in the 6th century when Yuso, the earliest of the two monasteries was founded, based around caves in which anchorites lived. A bus takes visitors up the hill to see what is left of it, which isn’t much. Just the walls of the church with a modern roof on for protection. It was extended a few times and has Visigoth, Mozarabic (10th century Moorish style) and Romanesque elements. Some of the caves open off the church, one of them the original burial place of the saint, before he was moved down to Yuso.
Yuso monastery, just down the hill, was built in the 11th century but the present building is Renaissance and is still a monastery, albeit with a rather posh looking hotel attached. One of the reasons for the UN listing of the site is the presence in the library of the earliest known written examples of the Castilian and Basque languages, in both cases as marginal annotations by monks on Latin texts.
To be honest, neither is amazingly impressive to look at (not when you’ve seen as much as I have this last month) although it does have a jolly decorative sacristy:
As I was leaving for the bus, I took this photograph of the side of the monastery church.
And that is what I chose for the Lego rendering: