The Memorial of Ermida is a remarkable monument.
Only six buildings of its kind are left in the whole country.
The purpose of this type of monument, although not entirely clear, would be related to entombment, the celebration of someone’s memory or the passing of funeral processions.
They are usually located on roads or at crossings.
The characteristics of the Memorial of Ermida suggest that it may have been built mid-13th century.
The Memorials of Ermida [Penafiel], Sobrado [Castelo de Paiva], Santo António [Arouca], Alpendorada [Marco de Canaveses] and Lordelo [Baião, no longer in existence] are, according to legend, connected to Princess Mafalda, daughter of King Sancho I and granddaughter of King Afonso Henriques.
They are traditionally referred to as passing points in the journey of her body from Rio Tinto to the Monastery of Arouca, or as places that honour her life and work.
Classification: National Monument - 1911
Route: Sousa Valley
13th century – Original edification;
1940s – Restoration works;
1960 – Restricting the private area surrounding the monument under the owner’s initiative, thus preventing the access and transgressing the Memorial’s protected area;
1998 – The Memorial of Ermida is included in the Route of the Romanesque of Vale do Sousa;
2005 – Works of general preservation and enhancement of the property and its surroundings in the scope of the Route of the Romanesque of the Vale do Sousa;
2012-2013 – Installation of an automatic irrigation system on the surrounding area of the Memorial and minimization of architectural barriers, under the scope of the Route of the Romanesque.
Monument fully or partly accessible to visitors with reduced mobility.
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How to get here:
Avenida da Ermida, Irivo, Penafiel, Porto
Douro Railroad (Porto-Marco Urban Trains or Porto-Régua/Pocinho Regional Trains), with exits at Cête station (2.5 km from Memorial of Ermida). Check here for all the schedules and price table.
Northern Portugal: A28/A3/A7/A24/A11 » A4 (Vila Real) » Entre-os-Rios/Penafiel Sul » Rota do Românico/Mosteiro de Paço de Sousa/Memorial da Ermida.
Porto: A4 (Vila Real) » Entre-os-Rios/Penafiel Sul » Rota do Românico/Mosteiro de Paço de Sousa/Memorial da Ermida.
Central/Southern Portugal: A1 (Porto)/ A29 (V.N. Gaia) » A41 CREP » A4 (Vila Real) » Entre-os-Rios/Penafiel Sul » Rota do Românico/Mosteiro de Paço de Sousa/Memorial da Ermida.
Penafiel: Rota do Românico/Mosteiro de Paço de Sousa/Memorial da Ermida.