Cañas, La Rioja

Cañas is a municipality of La Rioja, Spain. It was the birthplace of Saint Dominic of Silos (1000-1073).

Church of the Assumption
Church of the Assumption
Cañas is located in La Rioja, Spain
Location of Cañaswithin La Rioja
Cañas is located in Spain
Cañas (Spain)
Coordinates: 42°23′30″N 2°50′47″W / 42.39167°N 2.84639°W / 42.39167; -2.84639Coordinates: 42°23′30″N 2°50′47″W / 42.39167°N 2.84639°W / 42.39167; -2.84639
Country Spain
 La Rioja
 • MayorDomingo de Silos Merino Bravo (PP)
 • Total9.72 km2 (3.75 sq mi)
643 m (2,110 ft)
 • Total97

The abbey of Santa María de San Salvador de Cañas for Cistercian nuns was founded in this town by Lope Díaz I de Haro and his wife Aldonza in 1169 and 1170.[1] Its wealth and power culminated during the 13th century under the abbess Urraca Díaz de Haro, between 1222 and 1262.[2] The nuns benefited from the patronage of the Haro family until its extinction in 1322.[3] The community is still active today and retains fragments of its medieval library, particularly a complete Burgundian antiphonary from around 1200, and a Castilian missal from 1267 to 1279.[4]


List of mayors since the democratic elections of 1979
Term Name of Mayor Political Party
1979–1983 Julián Allona Ugarte UCD
1983–1987 Ricardo Cereceda Merino AP
1987–1991 Roberto de Carta Sáenz PSOE
1991–1995 José Antonio Merino Hernáiz PP
1995–1999 José Antonio Merino Hernáiz PP
1999–2003 José Antonio Merino Hernáiz PP
2003–2007 José Antonio Merino Hernáiz PP
2007–2011 José Antonio Merino Hernáiz PP
2011–2015 José Antonio Merino Hernáiz PP
2015–2019 Domingo de Silos Merino Bravo PP
2019– n/d n/d

Notable peopleEdit

Points of interestEdit

Monastery of Santa María.
Cloister of the Monastery of Cañas.
Alabaster window, north chapel Monastery of Cañas.

Monastery of Santa MaríaEdit

Parish church of the AssumptionEdit

Saint Mary HermitageEdit


  1. ^ Ghislain Baury, Les religieuses de Castille. Patronage aristocratique et ordre cistercien, XIIe-XIIIe siècles, Rennes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2012
  2. ^ Ghislain Baury, "Sainteté, mémoire et lignage des abbesses cisterciennes de Castille au XIIIe s. La comtesse Urraca de Cañas (av. 1207-1262)", Anuario de Estudios Medievales, 2011, vol. 41, n° 1, pp. 151-182,
  3. ^ Ghislain Baury, "Patronage et gestion des domaines chez les cisterciennes castillanes. Les fausses quittances de Cañas (1298-1302)", Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses, t. 59, fasc. 3-4 (2008), págs. 237-252.
  4. ^ Ghislain Baury, "Une bibliothèque médiévale de moniales cisterciennes en Castille. Cañas et les membra disjecta de son missel", Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses, t. 61, fasc. 2-4 (2010), págs. 141-183.