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stopping at Silos?

#1
Salve! I've recently been seeded with the persistent thought of take a little side-trip to Santo Domingo de Silos whilst on my Camino. Its a bit south of Burgos, from what I gather. Perhaps a daytrip away off the path? Will I get lost? Is it feasable? Has anyone been? Will wild animals and snakes of the deserted Spanish countryside eat me alive with no one to hear my cries? :) Any advice is heartily welcome!

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#2
Santo Domingo

The CSJ suggests a detour to Santo Domingo de Silos which is 75km south of Burgos.
"Most people go by bus and spend at two night there so that they can attend a mass ( or a number of masses) and hear the Gregorian Chants.
Bus leaves Burgos at 17:30 Mon-Thurs and 14:00 on Firday and Saturday.
The morning bus returns at 08:30. The cloisters are one of the best Romanesque monuments in Spain and includes Christ on the Road to Emmaus showing Jesus dressed as a pilgrim. It is wise to book accommodation ahead."
 
#3
Hi Sil and thank you! I knew I could count on you for a worthy reply! :) 75 kilometers would take me 2 days, were I to walk...and 2 days back...
For some reason it just seems to me a grevious thing to do while on a pilgrimage...to take a bus...*sigh* I suppose I will see when I get there. Many thanks though, very helpful information.
 

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#5
Santo Domigo

You could try hitching a lift. I'm sure even medieval pilgrims agreed to the odd piggyback ride on a mule, horse or donkey if offered one!
Seriously - you will not be gaining any ground by getting a bus to Santo Domingo and back - just making a detour. When I walked the Via Turonensis we took a train from Dax to Lourdes and back. Some people make a trip from Leon to Oviedo and back.
I'm sure it will be well worth the extra day to visit Santo Domingo.
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#6
Chant

For those so interested, there are a number of monasteries throughout the world that are dedicated to Gregorian Chant. Some I even prefer to the monks at Silos.

My personal favorite is St. Mary's Monastery/St. Scholastica's Priory in Petersham, MA. This is a men's & women's Benedictine community that shares a chapel. It's interesting to hear the men's & women's voices blended together. They also have their own CDs available online.

If you visit Petersham, be sure to go up the street to visit the Maronite monks of Holy Trinity Monastery. They are Catholic monks from the Eastern Church (specifically Lebanon). Their chant is quite different from anything you would hear in the West. Worth a visit.
 

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#7
Santo Domingo de Silos

From Paul Tobey's website:
http://www.paultobey.com/camino-de-sant ... nload.html

"The Brotherhood"- by Paul Tobey
Take a trip inside the sacred walls of the Santo Domingo de Silos Monastery

Filmed on location during Paul Tobey's 850km pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella, it is a revealing and heartwarming look into the life of a monk. Within the ancient walls of the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, Padre Ramon reveals insights into his life as part of the most famous Benedictine Order in history. The monks of Silos are known throughout the world for their Gregorian Chants and have sold over 6 million albums.
Enter the private world of the Brotherhood of Silos where no cameras have gone before. Join Paul and Padre Ramon as they take a walk around the holy cloister and share intimately about life, love, music and spirituality.
 

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#8
St Domingo de Silos

Two days ago I decided that this year, when I reach Burgos in April, I will take a trip to St. Domingo de Silos. I have been in Burgos two times and thought of St. Domingo de Silos both times. And here comes the information on how! Great! Does anybody know which bus-company? And if I must "book accommodation ahead", does anybody know what possibilities there are? One more question: If I find out that time is scarce, can I Take the bus 17.30 and reach the evening-song? Is it 19.00? ... And the morning-song (07.00?) before returning to Burgos 8.30?
 

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#10
Santo Domingo de Silas

The 2006 CSJ Guide has this info:

Buses leave Burgos station at 17h30 Mon-Thurs, 18h30 Fri and 14h00 Sat.
(Not sure how long they take to Santo Domingo.)
Mass with Gregorian Chant 09h00 (12h00 Sun) Vespers daily at 19h00. Matins 06h00 and Lauds 07h00, Compline 21h30.

It also says that only men can stay at the monastery.

A good hostal/hotel is the Hotel Santo Domingo with Singles 26E and doubles 36E http://www.hotelsantodomingodesilos.com/

Hostal Cruces Phone: + 34 947390064 E-mail: hostalcruces@terra.es

Hotel Tres Coronas:phone:+34 947390125 E-mail: coronasdos@aolavant.com

Hotel ARCO DE SAN JUAN: Phone: + 34 947390074
 

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