Monastery of San Zoilo
During the early years of the reign of Fernando I de Castilla y León (1037-1065), Gómez Díaz, one of his most distinguished courtiers, received from the king in gratitude for his services a small monastery located in Carrión. Back then he could not foresee that, over time, were to become one of the wealthiest Benedictine headquarters in the kingdom…
The emblematic monastery of San Zoilo is along the “Camino de Santiago” (St. Jones’s Path), west of Carrión’s town. It belongs to the San Pedro of Cluny’s abbey since August 1076, and was one of the first architectural works of Cluniac Romanesque in the Iberian Peninsula. Located in the geographic center of the French Camino de Santiago, the ancient “Via Aquitana” from Roman times and the fertile central province of Palencia. A Cluniac monastery protagonist of the history. The entire monastery was declared a national historic-artistic monument on June 3, 1931 and a site of cultural interest with monument category in 2012. From eleventh and sixteenth centuries, it has been adapted today as an historic and charming hotel. With all the comforts and provisions of this century, retains all the flavor and spirit of its past.
We are not a regular hotel, we are much more than that. We are a Cluniac monastery, which has its origins in the X century and that has now been rehabilitated as a hotel to put it at your service. Our walls were protagonists and history, art and past events rest in them. Since its origin, it was inhabited by Benedictine monks assigned to the Cluniac reform in late eleventh century. Almost from its inception, the monastery has been so illustrious that it was chosen by many Spanish nobles for their burials, in addition to having served as lodging for kings, cardinals and bishops and venue of the courts of Castile’s kingdom and church councils. Its privileged location in the center of the Camino de Santiago made it the star of the French road’s development and of kingdoms of Castilla y León’s history. It was so important to the Cluniac reform, that during the middle ages and until the fifteenth century it was the “hispaniae camerarius”, the representative of Cluny in Spain.