The Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque (CIR), promoted by the Route of the Romanesque, opened to the public on September 27, 2018, in the town of Lousada, Porto.
The exhibition concept behind this major venue for the dissemination of historical-cultural heritage stands out for the boldness of its architecture, but also for the multiple interactive experiences provided by its museographic contents.
In addition to a reception, a bar and a library, the Interpretation Centre comprises an exhibition area with approximately 650 square meters, organised in large central foyer and six theme-based rooms: Territory and Establishment of Portugal; Medieval Society; The Romanesque; The Builders; Symbolism and Colour; Monuments Over Time.
Thus, the CIR emerges as the ideal setting for you to start your journey of discovery of the Route of the Romanesque and its territory of influence, as well as of the art and symbolism that marked Portugal and Europe over several centuries in the Middle Ages.
The Route of the Romanesque is a tourist-cultural project that comprises, currently, 58 monuments and two interpretation centres, located in 12 municipalities of the Sousa, Douro and Tâmega valleys (Amarante, Baião, Castelo de Paiva, Celorico de Basto, Cinfães, Felgueiras, Lousada, Marco de Canaveses, Paços de Ferreira, Paredes, Penafiel and Resende), in northern Portugal.
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Route: Sousa Valley
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm.
Closed on Mondays and on January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, and December 25.
Ticket, per person: 3,00€
Ticket for school groups, on study trips, per person: 1,00€
Ticket + guided tour (minimum 5 persons), per person: 5,00€
Ticket + guided tour for school groups, on study trips, per person: 1,50€
Ticket + audioguided tour, per person: 4,00€
Circuit Ticket (valid for 90 days)
CIR + CIER ticket, per person: 4,00€
CIR + CIER ticket and guided tour (minimum 5 persons), per person: 7,00€
Exemptions (free visits)
First Tuesday of the month for individual visits or groups of up to 10 people, inclusive, residing in Portugal;
Children up to 12 years of age, inclusive*, not participating in guided school visits;
Members of the Portuguese Museology Association (APOM), International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)*;
Officials of the Directorate-General of Cultural Heritage (DGPC) and Regional Directorates for Culture*;
Journalists in the exercise of their duties, upon prior notice*;
Tourism professionals upon presentation of proof of registration with the RNAAT;
Groups from Portuguese charitable institutions or areas of social action of local authorities or other institutions of public interest with proven economic need*;
Visitors with disabilities and 1 accompanying person upon presentation of certificate of disability equal to or higher than 60%;
Employees of the Municipalities covered by the Route of the Romanesque*.
Student Card*, not participating in a guided school visit;
Youth Card*, not participating in a guided school visit;
Visitors aged 65 or over*.
*Requires documentary proof.
**Payment by ATM is still not available at the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque.
General rules applicable to all visits
Guided tours should be booked (at least 5 business days in advance) and confirmed in advance;
Groups with more than 30 people are not allowed to enter simultaneously; Discounts are not cumulative.
This Centre is fully accessible to visitors with reduced mobility.
+351 255 810 706
+351 918 116 488
How to get here:
Praça das Pocinhas, 107, Lousada
If you are travelling from the North of Portugal via the A28 (Porto), A3 (Porto), A7 (Póvoa de Varzim), A24 (Chaves/Viseu) or A4 (Bragança/Matosinhos) head towards Felgueiras on the A11 and then towards Paços de Ferreira on the A42. Exit at the Alvarenga/Lousada junction and follow the signs for Rota do Românico/Centro de Interpretação (Route of the Romanesque/Interpretation Centre).
From Porto, take the A3 (Valença), and then the A41 CREP (Paços de Ferrreira), A42 (Felgueiras) and exit at the Alvarenga/Lousada junction, then follow the signs for Rota do Românico/Centro de Interpretação.
If you are travelling from the Centre or South via the A1 (Porto) or A29 (V.N. Gaia), take the A41 CREP. Then, take the A42 (Felgueiras), exit at Alvarenga/Lousada and follow the signs for Rota do Românico/Centro de Interpretação.
Regular bus routes to Lousada and/or Felgueiras from the following bus companies: Pacense, Landim and Rodonorte.
Douro Railroad (Porto-Marco Urban Trains or Porto-Régua/Pocinho Regional Trains), with possible exits at: Penafiel (9.6 km from Interpretation Centre), Meinedo (5.2 km) or Caíde (7.6 km). Check here for all the schedules and price table.