Monasterio de San Sebastián de Hano

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Monasterio de San Sebastián de Hano

Monasterio de San Sebastián de Hano | Wikimedia Commons. User: LBM1948

Monasterio de San Sebastián de Hano | Wikimedia Commons. User: LBM1948

History of a convent that has become an Asset of Cultural Interest

To know the origin of the Monastery of San Sebastián de Hano, located in Cantabria and more specifically in the town of Escalante, we have to go back to the 14th century. It is in the year 1441 thanks to the Lord of Escalante and Count of Zahalú, Beltrán Ladrón de Guevara, who with his patronage managed to found the building. 

A place that was inaugurated in honor of Our Lord of the Mount, being the Franciscan order who would inhabit it. A little more than a century later, in 1596, the monastery underwent a major reform, opting for a classicist style and leaving aside Gothic elements. 

During the following years, the building continued to undergo various remodeling works. In 1600 the porter's lodge and the bookstore were built on the north side; while it was in the 17th century when it underwent a major rebuilding; building a choir, a guest house, a refectory and ultimately giving rise to the convent we know today. 

Although certain areas were reformed and arranged during the following years, it was not until the 19th century when the monastery suffered an important destruction due to the French troops, although at the end of the century it would be occupied by the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchins thanks to the donation of the building by the Countess of Casa Puente. 

Already in the 20th century and in 1978, the monastery underwent a new and important reform. A few years later, on December 12, 1981, the Monastery of San Sebastián de Hano was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest.

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