Hostel Monasterio de Poio | H*

In a delicious corner of Galicia, 4 kilometres from Pontevedra where the Portuguese way passes and in full tourist route of the Rias Baixas it stands the former Monastery of St. John of Poio, embraced by two creeks, which they are going to die directly to the Ría of Pontevedra and defended from the north wind by the haughty Castrove. It´s situation is a gift to the spirit to meditate and to admire the beautiful landscape the river offers.

Attached to the former Monastery, occupied by the mercedarian friers, it stands the Monastery´s hostel. A building, built from 1959, and enabled as a hostel in July 1972. It´s construction is similar to that of the Monastery: with two parallel courts, numerous and wide rooms, chapel.

Since it´s inauguration, the hostel of the Monastery, due to it´s characteristics and unsurpassable conditions it has received in it´s dependences, cultural, artistic, playful activities: the stone-cutters´ school, the University School of Restoration of Cultural and Artistic Goods, the Top Summer Courses of Galicia (International University of the Atlantic), congresses, meetings, retirements, assemblys, meetings of music, exhibitions...

The proximity of Portugal, Vigo and Santiago de Compostela and other cities of the Rias Baixas makes the hostel of the Monastery hold an excellent situation as tourist conditions.

To the men and women of today, that live “stunned with so much noise, so much riot, so many voices of our noisy and extreme rough modern life”, the hostel of the Monastery offers an invaluable place of rest..

Hotel´s Services:

  • Reception.
  • Rooms with TV.
  • Free WIFI in all the hostel.
  • Fax.
  • Free entry to the museum for clients lodged.
  • Restaurant.
  • Coffee shop.
  • Disco–Pub.
  • Exterior parking.
  • Laundry.
  • Central heating and air conditioning.
  • Elevator.
  • Accessible for persons with limited mobility.
  • Chapel.
  • Safe box.
  • Gardens.

Services in the rooms:

  • 205 double, triple, single and adapted rooms.
  • Central heating and air conditioning.
  • Telephone
  • Table.
  • Bathroom: bath or shower tub, wash basin, hairdryer.
  • Free WIFI.
  • Ameneties.
  • Accessible for persons with limited mobility.

The origin of the Monastery is not unknown. The foundation is attributed to San Francisco, the great legislator of the monks in the Spain’s seventh century.

In a deed of gift of 942 the Monastery of St. John of Poio was found, fully organized, following the rules of St. Benedict. Since the Benedictine monks were established in Poio their historical traces were noticed in their lives and stones.

Grants and privileges of the kings of the X-XII centuries increase the preserve of the monastery, free of royal and ecclesiastical jurisdictions.

At the end of the XIV century, the monastery was in decline due to relaxation of monastic discipline and administration of the abbots. It urged a reform.

Esta reforma llega con la incorporación del Monasterio de Poio a la Congregación Benedictina de Valladolid, por bula del papa Paulo III del 18 de Marzo de 1547.

This reform comes with the incorporation of the Monastery of Poio to the Benedictine Congregation of Valladolid, by bull of Pope Paul III the 18th of March 1547.

From that moment, the peak of the Abbey of Poio starts. Studies are created. Influence extends.

First, creating, in times of Carlos V, the School of Theology, in which out-standing monks were at the head of the Monastery.

First, creating, in times of Carlos V, the School of Theology, in which out-standing monks were at the head of the Monastery.

Third, in 1613 the general Benedictine chapter determines to establish a new school, known as Colegio de Pasantes, that lasted until the days of the secularization in 1835.

With the secularization, the Monastery partly stayed as a home for priest, school, town hall, courts, and other uses that little by little they were leaving in the historical set the fingerprints of the destruction.

In 1890 the Religious Mercedarians, that since 1881 were living in the Monastery of Santa Maria de Conxo in Santiago de Compostela, turned into a psychiatric hospital, arrived to the Monastery of Poio, that in it´s major part was in ruins.

The Religious Mercedarians restore it and turn it into a centre of spirituality, apostolate culture and art. In a house of formation for the mercedarian religious life and Major Seminar where the studies of philosophy and theology take place.

In 1960 a school of mosaics was created by the painter Czech Antonio Machourek, and in 1979 the Provincial direction of the department of culture in Pontevedra was putting in function the stone-cutters school.

In 1959 it was necessary to construct the building that nowadays is destined as hostel of the Monastery.

Cloister of the processions:

Few conventual cloisters in Galicia present a more finished and perfect aspect. The architects were Juan Ruiz de Pamanes and Mateo López. In the west, north and east walls the inscription: Facta-Anno-1600 can be read. The tiling is of the year 1612.

Under the vaults it is of admiration the graceful game of arches with five keys, starting it´s nerves of brackets where you can see sculpt beautiful heads of gentlemen, saints, bishops, ladies etc.

There are four grotesque large masks in the internal angles of the cloister. In the four corners there are four medallions in low relief of Juan el Bautista, Juan Evangelista, Santiago and Saint Benito.

From the garden, in whose center the fountain stands the cloister seems more severe, with it´s continuous basement, the pilasters of ionic scrolls and terminal pinnacle of each one, attached to the wall of the cloister, in the north wing there are three sun clocks.

After several centuries the fountain in the cloister continues to brighten up with the symphony of the water the silence of the monastic cloister.

It consists of a beautiful top artichoke with four tubes of water, followed by a circular cup, which gathers the water that falls down of the tubes and from there it falls into the circular basin. Carvings of faces and masks support in their mouths the water tubes. The water of the fountain comes from a place quite far from the Monastery.

The former monks used to bring it by stone piping means.

  • Cloister - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Cloister - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Cloister - Hostel Monasterio de Poio

It´s construction began at the end of the XVI century and it finished at the beginning of the XVIII century. The abbot of Poio friar Benito López Sedano (1921-1724) did the last arrangements and finishing touches that were needed.

It causes a great impression to see the perfect proportion of the height and length of the various parts of the church. In fact, it has been achieved a classic and elegant set of chairs worked with beauty and with baroque touches that give them a particular charm.

The church is a rectangular shape of a big nave with lateral chapels. Three parts can be appreciated.

In the first part, from the entry, you can see an almost flat vault and a three centred arch that support the high choir. The lateral chapels, covered with vault of half a cannon open to the nave by arches.

Above are the balustrades of the choir that remind us of the sunlights of the country houses.

The central part is covered with vaults of edge and with floral ornamentation. Emphasizing the rosette of the central key around which the following inscription can be read: year of 1708 – reigning .- Phelipe Quinto.

The major chapel is divided in two sections. The first one appears with vaults of edge without decorating and the second one, where the major altar is with coffered barrel vault highlighted.

The altarpiece is the work of Bernardo Cabrera, sculptor of the seventeenth century, who was hired in 1631 to till it. Baroque style carved and gilded wood. The bottom of the altarpiece is divided into three blocks with four spiral columns. Presented in the center the image of the Virgin of Mercy, having on the right hand side the image of Santiago and on the left Saint Andrew. At the top it stands the image of Saint John, head of the church, who has on it´s right at Saint Serapio and on it´s left at Saint Peter Armengol, both mercedarian saints. Crowning the altar you can see a life-size Christ and atop the Eternal Father. The floor of the church is of public graves, which began on July 16, 1776./p>

The floor of the church is of public graves, which began on July 16, 1776.

In 1692 the architect Pedro de Monteagudo built the frontage of the church consisting of two bodies and three blocks. The first one, with four Doric columns on plinths, central door lintel between pilasters with ornamental fruit bowls, typical of Baroque, it presents three niches with Saint John Baptist, Santiago and Saint Andrew. The second one, has four Corinthian columns and a large window of the choir, above which the coat of Spain. With its crown and fleece, all topped with an open attic. The small windows that open in the front are the skylights of the stairs going up to the towers, graceful and proud, of baroque style and decorated with balconies, obelisks, pillars and balls.

The sculptures of San Juan Bautista, Santiago and San Andrés, together with the size of the fruit hanging strings of festoon recess pilasters that flank the front door, the coat with fleece and the three heads, which are above the niches where you have to place those saints, all this is work of the sculptors Ignacio and Benito Douteiro. Unknown till now by the specialized literature.

  • Church - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Church - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Church - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Church - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Church - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Church - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Church - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Church - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Church - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Church - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Church - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Church - Hostel Monasterio de Poio

The Chapel of Christ:

t´s believed to have been the former sacristy of the Gothic period, as it shows its trace and its ogival ribbed vault. In a high ashlar reads: 1556 M.IVL, indicating the date of construction.

The central space of the altarpiece, closed in a niche shape with basket arch, is filled with images of Christ, Mary the Mother of Jesus and John the Evangelist. In the lateral sections four medallions of wooden polychrome sculptures depicting scenes from the Passions in low relief are revealed. On top of the arch and held by two angels an extraordinary representation of the “Dinner” that completes a very successful symbolism and historical representation of the saviour´s passion. The fronts are of cordobés leather, gilded with fire and of great value.

In the chapel there´s a visigothic sarcophagus (VIII century) that the Benedictine Abbot, General P. Alonso del Corral ordered to transfer from the vicinity of the chapel of Saint Martin, to the chapel of Christ. The tradition considers it grave of Saint Trahamunda, whose image is in the chapel. It’s to admire the magnificent carving of the Virgin of Valvanera.

  • Chapel - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Chapel - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Chapel - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Chapel - Hostel Monasterio de Poio

Mosaic of the Way of Santiago:

The Abbot fr. Mauro Salcedo (1747-1749) was the one that finished to do the cloister “do cruceiro” or cloister of the oranges, bigger than the cloister of the processions. Its pillars, elegant baroque arches that open between carpaneles, hold floors with many windows, separated by bands.

In this cloister is the Way of Santiago´s mosaic. It was designed by the Czec artist Antonio Machourek and performed by P. Laureano García Sanmillán, director of the school of mosaics. The mosaic was started on the 12th of October of 1989 and was finished in August of 1992. In the center courtyard of the cloister there´s a cruise, dated in 1731, and on the opposite side of the image of the crucified Christ is the image of the Virgen Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows.

This great mosaic of the Way of Santiago is a work of monumental proportions, of 2,60 metres high by 80 metres long. The mosaic shows the various social classes of pilgrims, that passing by different towns and cities, walk from Paris to Santiago de Compostela. Monuments and shields appear to characterize the towns and cities.

This work of great spiritual and artistic value is of great strength and liveliness with its outlines safe and alive. The pilgrims offer a richness and variety within uniformity pilgrim costumes, without falling into monotony. The long stretch of the base is decorated with flora and fauna and figures indicating the months zodiac.

  • Mosaic - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Mosaic - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Mosaic - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Mosaic - Hostel Monasterio de Poio

With the aid of the National Artistic Heritage of the Ministry of Culture some ground floor rooms of the monastery were restored in the biennium 1980-1981, arranging them properly to install a museum where to make possible to show to the public paintings and art objects from the monastery. Three rooms compose the museum:

  • Hall of Mercy: devoted entirely to the history, social and cultural work of the order of Mercy.
  • Main Hall: In this hall there´s always some exhibitions, that changes every year or two.
  • Exhibitions Hall: every year the monastery in this hall hosts an exhibition of established and novice artists.
  • Museum - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Museum - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Museum - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Museum - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Museum - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Museum - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Museum - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Museum - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Museum - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Museum - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Museum - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Museum - Hostel Monasterio de Poio

The monastery owns a valuable and rich monastery library, focus of cultural influence. It has several thousand volumes. Its training has been slow and of many years. It began with the holdings from the mercedarian convent of Santa Maria of Conxo, in Santiago de Compostela and of the few works left by the Benedictine wave disentailment of 1835. It was gradually increased through donations and contributions from acquisitions of the mercedarian religious.

Deserves an special and distinguished mention Father Emilio Silva de Castro, who delivered, from Brazil, several thousand books, and the Orensano Priest Mr. Antonio Rey Soto, who donated his library, rich and valuable in bibliographic funds. With date 8th of August 1978 an agreement between the Ministry of Culture and the Mercedarian Community of the Monastery of Poio was signed to put the library in public use.

From the 8th of March 2008, in an agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Government of Galicia and the Monastery of Saint John of Poio, the library is integrated into the network of libraries of Galicia.

  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio
  • Library - Hostel Monasterio de Poio

Single room

Composed of a bed, telephone, table, central heating, air conditioning, bathroom with tub, hairdryer and WIFI.

Double room

Composed of two twin beds or a double bed, telephone, table, central heating, air conditioning, bathroom with tub, hairdryer and WIFI.

Triple room

Composed of three individual beds, telephone, table, central heating, air conditioning, bathroom with tub, hairdryer and WIFI.

Adapted rooms for guests with reduced mobility

Composed of two beds or a double bed, telephone, table, central heating, air conditioning, bathroom with tub, hairdryer and WIFI.

Restaurant

In our restaurant you can taste the best fish, seafood and meats of the Rias Baixas. For customers and groups not lodged in the hostel previous reservation is required.

  • Capacity: More than 250 people
  • Table distribution: 4 to 5 people
  • Prize: from 12 € each person

Assembly – room

  • Capacity: 350 people

Conference room

Services for meetings: public address system, projector, coffee service, hostess.

  • Sala I
  • Capacity: 25 people
  • Dimensions: 40 m2
  • Sala II
  • Capacity: 25 people
  • Dimensions: 40 m2
  • Sala III
  • Capacity: 90 people
  • Dimensions: 107 m2
  • Sala IV
  • Capacity: 80 people
  • Dimensions: 103 m2
  • Sala VI
  • Capacity: 70 people
  • Dimensions: 80 m2
  • Sala VII
  • Capacity: 30 people
  • Dimensions: 66 m2
  • Sala VIII
  • Capacity: 55 people
  • Dimensions: 76 m2
  • Sala IX
  • Capacity: 25 people
  • Dimensions: 40 m2
  • Sala X
  • Capacity: 25 people
  • Dimensions: 40 m2
  • Sala XI
  • Capacity: 30 people
  • Dimensions: 403 m2
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  • Cloister - Hostel Monasterio de Poio (Pontevedra)
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  • Cloister - Hostel Monasterio de Poio (Pontevedra)
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  • Exterior - Hostel Monasterio de Poio (Pontevedra)
  • Exterior - Hostel Monasterio de Poio (Pontevedra)
  • Exterior - Hostel Monasterio de Poio (Pontevedra)
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  • Adapted room - Hostel Monasterio de Poio (Pontevedra)
  • Adapted room - Hostel Monasterio de Poio (Pontevedra)
  • Double room - Hostel Monasterio de Poio (Pontevedra)
  • Double room - Hostel Monasterio de Poio (Pontevedra)
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  • Hostel Monasterio de Poio (Pontevedra)

What time can I access to my room?
Check in: the access to the hostel is after 12:00 hours
Check out: It´s necessary that you leave the room before 12:00, if you need more time please consult us.

What are recepcion hours? From 06:00 a.m. until 24:00 p.m.

Is it necessary to book in advance? It´s not necessary but it´s recommended to ensure that there are vacancies.

How can I book a place before arriving to the hostel?.

  • Through the web you have an online booking system.
  • An e-mail can also be sent to poio@hospederiasdegalicia.com
  • Calling +34 986 770 000. For telephone reservations a credit card number is needed to guarantee the booking.

What kind of rooms are there? We have single, double and triple rooms, all with private bathrooms with tub, basin, hairdryer + info

Which is the cancellation procedure or changes in the reservations? If you cancel or modify your reservation more than 24 hours before your arrival, there are no charges. If you cancel with less than 24 hours or you don´t arrive (no show) the charges are the total amount of the first night of your stay.

Can groups be booked? Yes, send us a request via the form below or call at +34 981 568 521 and we will answer you as soon as possible. Furthermore, we have offers for groups in which we include visits and trips + info

Can lunch or dinner be booked for groups? Yes, we have a dinning room with capacity for more than 150 people and with menus for all pockets.

Are there special prices for long stays? Yes, depending on the season and the duration of your stay we have special rates.

Is smoking allowed in the hostel? No.

Are animals allowed? No.

Can I hire some trips? Yes, ask the reception staff, we have many proposals to make the most of your stay. + info

For groups of more than 25 people fill in the following form and we will answer you as soon as possible.
Groups department telephone: +34 981 568 521
Email: poio@hospederiasdegalicia.com

  • bed and breakfast
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  • Telephone for individual reservations: + 34 986 770 000
  • Telephone for group reservations: + 34 981 568 521
  • Fax: + 34 981 576 951
  • Skype: user:
  • Email: poio@hospederiasdegalicia.com
  • Address: Hospedería Monasterio de Poio
    Plaza Convento 2
    36995 Poio.
    Pontevedra, España.
  • Coordinates: 42.446768, -8.684977‎
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