Cartuja de Miraflores

Monastic Solitude and the Last Supper

By Samantha A.
Group 1

Our early afternoon trip to a Carthusian monastery in Burgos — Cartuja de Miraflores. Although the walk was about three miles there and back, it was through many scenic gardens and parks on one of the many tributaries of the Rio Arlanzón which eased the thought of walking so far for only a monastery.

One of our student guides gave us a tour of the monastery where the modern monks create illuminated manuscripts where the only differences between the old and new was the actual physical aging of the paper. The monastery held many artifacts, artworks, and scriptures that were amazingly preserved and each beautiful in a different way. Near the monastery, we decided to walk the trails through the forest down to a small park on the outskirts of a stream where they sold some beer and snacks. 

After 20 minutes of wandering through the forest, we all gathered together to start our walk to dinner.  The dinner was provided at this restaurant  a mile down the road where we had some of the best food of the trip. It would be our last meal as an entire group until after our Camino hike. Feasting on lamb, calamari, blood sausage and some amazing sangria was a fantastic way to end our five-day stay in Burgos.