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Hermitage of San Frutos

Hermitage of San Frutos

Among the many religious attractions in the province of Segovia, one must visit one of the most impressive places, which is also the spiritual center of Segovia: the Hermitage of San Frutos,

patron of the diocese, hermit retired to these desert places with his brothers Valentin and Engracia, protagonists these, as we have seen, of the "wet" of Caballar. A short rocky peninsula is surrounded by the waters of the Duratón River, which runs many meters below the rocky surface; in this one there are colonies of vultures, which often fly over the large boulder on one of whose walls, in incredible balance, is one of the walls of the church. Alfonso VI donated this place to the Monastery of Silos, and the monks built a temple between 1076 and 1100, completing in the second half of the 12th century; the priory of San Frutos was immediately established. The construction is on Visigothic remains, and the temple is well preserved; not so the monastery, of which some ruins remain. Remains of tombs are preserved next to the building. The October 25 celebrates the great pilgrimage. In the background, next to one of the meanders of the Duraton River, we can see the remains of what was the Monastery of La Hoz, a Franciscan convent that was dedicated to Our Lady of the Angels of La Hoz, founded a century and a half after the creation of the priory of San Frutos.

Usually the date of birth of SAN FRUTOS in the 642 year. Man of intense and pleasant interior life, warns, already in the maturity, that his inner feelings impel him to divest himself of all his goods and go to a retirement that isolates him from the world. He does it with his brothers Valentín and Engracia and they choose a wild place in the rocky masses that surround the Duratón River. There they make eremitic life and immediately they approach them, attracted by their human and spiritual qualities, numerous neighbors of the nearby places, in good numbers to get away from the every day closer Islamic invasion. One day, the invaders arrive at the big rock where the saints and their followers take refuge and Frutos comes out to try to free their own. In prayer, he lifts the staff he carries in one hand and hits the earth with it, immediately opening a great chasm that impedes the passage of the invaders. This deep cut is called the "San Frutos knife". The Segovian saint gave his soul to God in the year 715.