This abbey is a 13th century active Cistercian monastery. A Benedictine monastery was established on the site in the early 11th century and later, following a visit from St. Bernard, it became a daughter house of Clairvaux Abbey. A new abbey church and monastery was built based on the standard pattern of this religious foundation.
Today the monks have founded new monasteries overseas. Their life centres around prayer and work within the monastery and in the community. The monks teach in the College attached to the Abbey. There is a pharmacy, print works and shop that sells herbal products, honey, books and various liqueurs. Some of these products are produced by other monasteries in the region, but the liqueurs are made.
The abbey attracts many visitors to the church, grounds and small museum of antiquities and accommodation for guests is also available and locals come daily to attend services and use the parish rooms, the pharmacy and the post office, which is also housed in the monastery buildings.
This is the liqueur work shop where the different types are produced using local ingredients.
One of these is called Elixir of San Bernardo and it contains many different herbs.