La Charente Maritime
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The Hospital of the Pilgrims and the Medicinal Garden of Pons

The Hospital of the Pilgrims and the Medicinal Garden of Pons

Discover exceptional and authentic architecture of the 12th and 13th century.

A World Heritage site since 1998 famous for its 12th century ribbed vault, the oldest and best preserved in Europe, the hospital was originally built by Geoffrey III in the 1160’s, to ‘salve his soul those of his parents and to help the poor.’  A shelter for the poor and home for orphans the hospital also became an important resting place for pilgrims in the Middle Ages.

A medicinal garden where therapeutic herbs and plants are grown is to see during your visit of the momument.  The herbs were organised in four sections to help the sick by providing relief for their sufferings, reducing fevers, healing wounds, purging and cleansing the digestive system and for making creams and cosmetics for the ladies.


Opening hours

From 11th April to 30th June   : Wednesday to Monday 2:00 to 6:00 pm
From 01 July to 31th August : Everyday 10:00 – 12:00  &  14:00 – 18:30 pm
01st September to  20th September : Wednesday to Monday 2:00 to 5:30 pm

Ticket prices

(monument and  garden included)

Adult : 3.5€
: 1€ (from 6 to 12 years old)
Studiants and children
: 2.5€(from 13 to 18 years old)


Hôpital des Pèlerins 
Rue Georges Clemenceau - 17800 PONS
05 46 96 13 31


New exhibition in 2015 " The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela "
Presentation of Santiago's statuettes, bumblebees and pilgrims' bulbs, jewels, currencies and papal seals.