1149

First reliable document. The royal donation of Alfonso VII of León and Castile, who grants Mougás, Viladesuso and Pedornes to the monks of Oia.

1185

He joins the Cistercian Order.

1201

Royal Donation of Alfonso IX of León: the church of Baiona and the monastery’s exemption from paying tribute in its port. First allusion to the breeding of wild horses in the mountains of Oia.

1228

Alfonso IX of León donates the southernmost island of the Cíes Islands (San Martín).

1231

Ferdinand III of Castile, together with his wife Mrs. Beatriz and children, and with the consent of his mother Mrs. Berengaria of Castile, confirms all the inheritances, churches, donations, liberties and privileges that had been granted to the monastery of Santa María de Oia by Alfonso VII, Ferdinand II and Alfonso IX.

1280

Denis I, king of Portugal, takes the monks under his guard and protection along with all their properties in Portugal.

1547

Last Galician monastery to join the Congregation of Castile of the Cistercian Order, remaining thereafter under its control.

1624

Famous cannon fight against Turkish and Berber pirates. In recognition, King Philip IV grants them the title of Royal and Imperial Monastery of Oia.

1739

Completion of the two galleries or wings of the orange trees’ Courtyard.

1740

Completion of the new facade of the church (still present)

1835

Mendizabal sells the church lands. The monastery is auctioned in lots. It is purchased by a resident of Madrid, Fernando Fernández Casariego, for 200,000 reales.

1870

He sells it to a resident of A Guarda, Bernardo Alonso, for 1,000,000 reales.

1910

The monastery is rented to the Jesuits, who were expelled from Portugal. They were to be expelled from Spain in 1932.

1937-1939

The Monastery was used as a jail for republican prisoners during the Civil War.

1945

It is acquired by the Bouso family for 60,000 pesetas.

1969

The film Esa mujer by Mario Camus and starring Sara Montiel is filmed in the Monastery.

1974

It is sold to José González García for 6,400,000 pesetas.

1989

It is acquired by the Asturian group Corporación Massaveu for 261,000,000 pesetas.

2000

It is sold to La Toja, S.A. (Banco Pastor) for 200,000,000 pesetas

2004

Vasco Gallega acquires the Mnastery of Oia for 2.4 million and creates Sociedade Real Mosteiro de Oia.

Real Mosteiro de Oia

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