Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque - Rota do Românico

REOPENING: May 19th.

The Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque, 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 Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque 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.

Currently, the Route of the Romanesque comprises 58 monuments, located in 12 municipalities (Amarante, Baião, Castelo de Paiva, Celorico de Basto, Cinfães, Felgueiras, Lousada, Marco de Canaveses, Paços de Ferreira, Paredes, Penafiel and Resende) of the Sousa, Douro and Tâmega valleys, in northern Portugal.


  • Awards Portuguese Association of Museology 2019 | "Museographic Work", "Management and Multimedia App" and "Film" categories. Honourable mention in the "Best Museum of the Year" category.
  • Architecture MasterPrize 2019 | "Cultural Architecture" category.
  • MUSE Design Awards 2020 | "Architectural Design" category (Gold Winner).
  • A' Design Award & Competition 2020 | "Architecture, Building and Structure" category (Gold Winner).


  1. You must wear a mask inside the Interpretation Centre.
  2. You must disinfect your hands before entering.
  3. Only one person per group should go to the reception desk.
  4. Only groups with a maximum of 5 people, from the same family, will be allowed inside the Centre.
  5. Only 2 groups will be allowed to enter, one at a time.
  6. Only 5 people (+ guide/expert) are allowed in each room at the same time.
  7. You must disinfect your hands in rooms that involve interactions with technological equipment.
  8. You must follow social distancing rules during guided tours.
  9. The Centre is closed during lunch break for disinfection (from 1 pm to 2 pm).

Other measures here.

Route: Sousa Valley

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m to 1 p.m / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed on Mondays and on January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, and December 25.

Ticket, per person: 3,00€

Ticket for school groups, including senior universities, on study trips, per person: 1,00€

Ticket + guided tour (minimum 5 persons), per person: 4,50€

Ticket + guided tour for school groups, including senior universities, on study trips, per person: 1,50€

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*.

Discounts (50%)

Student Card*, not participating in a guided school visit;

Youth Card*, not participating in a guided school visit;

Visitors aged 65 or over*, not participating in a guided school visit.

*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:

41.278567, -8.283357000000024

Praça das Pocinhas, 107, Lousada

By Car
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.

By Bus
Regular bus routes to Lousada and/or Felgueiras from the following bus companies: Pacense, Landim and Rodonorte.

By Train
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.