San Juan de Poio Monastery

Poio, Spain

Mercedarian monastery of San Juan de Poio was built in the 17th century and reflects the taste for combining Classicist and Baroque styles. The first document of the monastery on the site is however much older, dating from 942 AD.

Inside, there is a splendid retable from the 18th century, in Churrigueresque style, and the tomb of St. Trahamunda is in the left-hand aisle (much venerated in the district). The procession cloister (16th century) is also noteworthy, with a Baroque fountain and an original stairway. Also worth mentioning are the library, the museum of mosaics, the Escola de Canteiros or the centre for the Summer University courses. The monastery is currently devoted to tourist accommodation, governed by the nuns.



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Travesía Muiño 3, Poio, Spain
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Founded: 17th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Maria De Las Mercedes De La Pela (3 years ago)
En primer lugar está en ella Nuestra Señora de la Merced, mi santo. Luego me trae recuerdos de cuando era joven e iba muchos sábados a oír cantar a los Mercedarios, me encantaba oírlos, heran más de veinte y ahora creo que ocho y además muy mayores. La juventud no está por la carrera monástica, no hay vocaciones, es una pena, pero... bueno no me extiendo más. Ahora voy una vez al año el día de mi santo
Jorge Fernandes (3 years ago)
Josefina (3 years ago)
A monastery with a lot of charm
Dani F (3 years ago)
€ 2 (without the possibility of paying with a card) per person (without a guide to explain anything to you) to see 2 cloisters, a church, and the liquor store, there are clean toilets. Outside is the largest granary in Galicia that you can watch for free without paying admission. It is not worth visiting inside
Mark Auchincloss (4 years ago)
Dates back to 7th Century with beautiful mosaics of French Way & there's a giant grain store too. The Convent is open most of time and is free. The rest you pay 1.50€ for a visit except Sunday when it's closed. Nice resting place for pilgrims on the Spiritual Way.
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