A Day in the Romanesque - Benedictine Monasteries

Church of Saint Vincent of Sousa Monastery of Saint Mary of Pombeiro Monastery of the Saviour of Travanca Memorial of Ermida Monastery of the Saviour of Paço de Sousa
The Tâmega and Sousa, a treasure well-kept in northern Portugal, a mild climate, beautiful landscapes, fine wines and hospitable people, holds a unique collection of Romanesque monuments, where nobility and religious orders have played a key role in its organization and settlement. Castles, towers, bridges, memorials, monasteries and churches make this area a perfect combination of culture and leisure.

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Programme of the Visit

1st day

MORNING Meeting at a time and place to be determined
Church of Saint Vincent of Sousa
The Church of Sousa gives you an excellent opportunity to understand how the Portuguese Romanesque has developed very diverse solutions. The sculpture of the west portal is a rich testimony of that originality. Of Baroque style, we emphasize the carvings and paintings of themes depicting the life of Saint Vincent, Saint Joseph and the Mysteries of the Rosary.
Monastery of Saint Mary of Pombeiro
Saint Mary of Pombeiro was one of the most important Benedictine monasteries of Entre Douro e Minho. Founded by D. Gomes Echiegues and his wife Gontroda in 1102, it has its roots in an ancient monastic community. Despite the extensive work it was submitted to in the 17th and 18th centuries, it still keeps the plan, the apsioles and the main portal of its medieval foundation. The main portal capitals are a remarkable example of Romanesque sculpture.
Lunch at the restaurant Columbinos
AFTERNOON Monastery of the Saviour of Travanca
The Monastery of Travanca, considered one of the most important Benedictine temples in the country, represents one of the most rhythmic spaces of Romanesque architecture in Portugal. The tower, which should date from the late 13th century or early 14th century, deserves special attention for being one of our highest medieval towers.
Memorial of Ermida
A monument of great interest and that corresponds to a typology of which only six buildings are left in the whole country.
Monastery of the Saviour of Paço de Sousa 
A monument quite crucial for understanding the architecture of the Romanesque of the Tâmega and Sousa. Its singular features, in architecture as in sculpture, and the fact that it retains the tomb of Egas Moniz, the schoolmaster and governor of the first king of Portugal, turn this former Benedictine monastery into one of the most appealing and prestigious testimonies of the Portuguese Romanesque architecture.


Price per person:

VAT included
Children from 5 to 9: 50%

The price includes admission at the indicated locations, touring by an official guide, guided tour to the monuments of Route of the Romanesque by a qualified heritage expert and meal mentioned, transportation and personal injury insurance.

Minimum number of participants: 20.

Customisable standard programme, subject to availability and reconfirmation of prices.

Dates: all year round

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