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Abbey of San Pedro de Gardina, Burgos

and the original tomb of El Cid


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Tomb of El Cid


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Amongst lots of stuff in Burgos Cathedral is a slab of marble under which lie the remains of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (c. 1040 – 1099 (59)), aka el Cid Campeador, and Mrs Cid, which were moved there in the 1920s.  In fact the "original" (= a couple of  centuries post death) tombs of el Cid and Mrs el Cid , senza bones, are still in their own chapel in the Abbey of San Pedro de Gardina in Burgos, surrounded by their various family crests.  The abbey is now looked after by Cistercian monks, one of whom gave Dom P a personal tour and stood by smiling patiently whilst the requisite 300 photos were taken.  This is what the abbey and its cloister look like ...



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