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Juan de Atarés y San Juán de la Peña
( San Voto y San Félix )

     The tradition locates the foundation of this Monastery (San Juán de la Peña) parallel to the history of Juan de Atarés, personage that lived around the end of VII th century, resigning to his abundant goods and being withdrawn to make monastic life, in the cave of the Pano mountain. It is there where it had a wood cross before the one which he was praying. A good day, he was surprised for a gentleman luxuriously gotten dressed (who was not but the Devil), that drew him from the cave. This, giving slits to the air and to the rocks, mades to appear a stately palace, that offered to Juán of Atarés if he was put to his service. Atarés began to pray the Padrenuestro ("Our Father" or "Pater Nostrum"), with what Satan disappeared, remaining in his place an Angel, that advised to him be moved to other cave of the Oroel mountain . There he erected an altar that devoted to San Juán Bautista.

     Voto and Félix, they were Christian of good "zaragozanian" family, pursued by the Moors. Voto, left a day, of hunt toward the Pano mountain, near Jaca (Huesca). There, pursuing a deer, in the surroundings of a  Cloister of the Monastery cliff where there was a great cave, his horse trod the undergrowth that was concealing the abyss and to point were of falling, when invoking to San Juán Bautista, the horse was stopped in the same edge; where today they are seen the fingerprints of the hulls in the rock. Voto, decreased laboriously for a path to the cave, where he found a source and a hermitage before whose door was a body without life, supported in a stone that had written in it that he body was Juán, founding of the chapel devoted to San Juán Bautista. Voto gave Christian grave to the deceased and returned to Zaragoza. At once his brother and he, gave all to the poors, to return to the cave, where suffered temptations without end by demons, until arriving to the holiness; soon attended them disciples and they respected the Benedictine rule. In the year 754 Voto and Félix died, at that moment decreased an intensive light on their bodies that would certify their deserved holiness.

* Manuel Tomé Bosqued.

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