The staircase in the converted monastery at Parador de Santo Estevo leads up to a wonderful art ‘exposición permanente’.
The work of Florencio de Arboiro explores a Spain of the past through intriguing sculptures of wood and cast bronze.
The ancient stone walls of the converted monastery serve as an excellent backdrop to this permanent exhibition.
Many of the creations come from more fanciful times, with Don Quixote and flying witches.
Others are more recent…
Or of a more practical nature, such as this knife sharpener who went about the old town with his cart.There are also examples of antique items related to the sculptures, such as this knife sharpener’s cart…a Mobulette with character, or a rusty old bicycle.
There was also a collection of old photos of a psychiatric hospital – the arches of the hospital uncomfortably echoing the arches of the monastery.
If your Spanish is up to it, here are the notes on the Exposición.
More on our October 2014 trip to Spain on my Albatz Travel Adventures Blog.