Discovery Melgaço

Discovering the Romanesque


The Territory is rich in national monuments and other special architectural and historic interest, Melgaço is compulsory destination in the Portuguese cultural tours. In addition to the built heritage that fills the Old Town, you cannot help but go to other unique monuments, where the Romanesque architecture (pop-up – predominant style of the Middle Ages, Romanesque is characterized by austere and robust construction, with thick walls and tiny windows in order to resist the attacks of enemies) is assumed, as it should be, as the most representative style.

The visit … Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Orada (pop-up – a national monument, this Romanesque building from the twelfth century was the property of Fiães of monks to the extinction of religious orders Be sure to admire the main facade and the “Tree oflife “in the left front); Parish Church of Chaviães (pop-up – a national monument, also called the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, this Romanesque building, also from the twelfth century, it deserves special mention for its typically Romanesque door and the fresh inside, dating from the fifteenth century, and where are represented the three wise men, an angel and a Monk); Convent of Paderne (pop-up – Located in the parish of the same name, its foundation is attributed to D. Paterna, in the XI century, that dedicated to the occupation of a female monastic order present, and although somewhat modified by the interventions.. over the centuries, it deserves highlighting his Church, a Romanesque temple of the XII century, where you can still admire its original layout. Enjoy visiting to Paderne and take a leap to the Castro de Melgaço, where you can admire remains of a fortified settlement from the Iron Age); Church Fiães Monastery (pop-up – Place of worship and rest of the pilgrims who travelled to Santiago de Compostela, this national monument was still the place chosen by D. João I and Dª. Filipa de Lencastre for their nuptials, when the conquest of Melgaço Castle in 1388. From its original building remains only the church, where there are many details worthy to appreciate. Highlights include the head three quadrangular chapels, the chancel of two bays and the altarpiece in gilt); Parish Church of Lamas de Mouro (pop-up -. Situated in the town that gives it its name, this church, built in the Middle Ages and dedicated to St John the Baptist, had the duty to be the Baptisfério the surrounding villages We draw your attention to the Romanesque details of the north side door and the two inner archivolts).

Set off to their discovery and enjoyment, along the way, the beautiful scenery of the region, rural villages, picturesque buildings, vineyards and the most famous farms in the production of Alvarinho Vinho Verde.