We'll start off the third day of our journey through the Ribeira Sacra by again following the River Miño to the town of Nogueira de Ramuín and then on to Os Peares, where the Miño's dark waters mix with the green waters of the River Sil. We'll take local roads now until we reach the beautiful and impressive monastery of Santo Estevo de Ribas do Sil. Its current building dates from the twelfth century, although its origins stretch back to the tenth century. Located on the southern side of the River Sil, the monastery's building was completely renovated and has been part of the National Tourism Parador hotel network for a number of years. Its golden age arrived five centuries after its founding when nine bishop saints withdrew to the monastery.
The mark of their presence remained on the Cloister of Bishops, where their graves are located, and on the monastery's coat of arms, which includes nine mitres. The monastery, which has a beautiful Baroque façade, also has elements of other artistic styles that were the results of the successive modifications that coexist here: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the inside of the building and discover its secrets. One of the most interesting features inside the church is the stone altarpiece, where the hand of some disciple of Mestre Mateo is clearly present. Among the monastery's best-preserved areas is the kitchen with its large central stone lareira (hearth), and the grand staircase next to the gate, covered with a beautiful ribbed vault and decorated with nine Catherine windows.