Thursday, August 23, 2007

ZGZ`s surroundings

Sunday we went to visit a place called Monasterio de piedra. A nice place, especially the park around. The monastery started around 1200 and lasted until 1835 when was expropriated and sold by the king to get funds. The monastery was build on place of an Arabic fortress. It was the first place in Europe where chocolate was prepared and used by the monks when they were sick. There is a guided tour inside the old partially ruined monastery that give informations about the life of the monks and about the vines of the region.
However much more impressive is the park full of waterfalls that surrounds the place. It is unbelievable how much water is concentrated in a rather small place taking into account that the surroundings are very dry.

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