It took less than two minutes to drive through the whole town, then another minute down the road we arrived at the entrance to the HOTEL SANTA MARIA DE EL PAULAR. Upon exiting the van, the only sound I heard was the ancient fountain splashing, birds singing, and a light breeze rustling through the trees. The entrance to the hotel had two wooden doors large enough for a large truck to drive through!
After passing through the gates we entered the courtyard of the hotel, which was originally built in the 17th Century, and restored recently to maintain the same atmosphere created by the monastery hundreds of years earlier.
Once inside the chapel we were awestruck by the artwork that is seen by so few people in the world. My mouth dropped as I said “wow!”…but our guide said, “oh no…not wow yet!” We then passed through a door just to the left of the wall that you see below, through a small room, then through another door that took us behind that wall, which was just a facade for the real “wow”…the hidden treasure of Rascafria.