The stone from the walls which spreads the village and stands the Melgaço History Center, is the guardian of memories and storyteller from other days. Their secular streets and alleys, where the heart of Melgaço seems to flop harder, are embraced by the walls, the symbol of the region’s history and nationality.

Symbolic place by excellence, its history and collective memory, full of narrow streets and alleys and sound sleepers, the Melgaço History Centre is must-visit site, which features seven destinations cannot miss: the Castle, the Homage tower and its Museum Centre; the Alvarinho manor-house; the Matriz Church; the Misericórdia Church and the Cinema Museum.
At the entrance to the walls do not forget to admire the statue of Inês Negra, a tribute to the woman who, according to legend, Melgaço owes its independence.
Are you prepared to tread the pavement typical Portuguese and Living Melgaço history? Votes in good physical journey, with wanderings through imagination and memory. The option is relaxed, so when toasted for a break, whether for a relaxed coffee or lunch / dinner, is simply irresistible.
National Monument since 1910 and sent build by the 1st King of Portugal Dom Afonso Henriques, between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the Melgaço Castle is the first pole of the Minho's border with Galicia, becoming the main defence during these centuries. The original building remains the proud castle keeps a rectangular structure and three floors, protected by the walls of the Village and currently dedicated to the Museum Centre, which exhibits artefacts and archaeological finds that Melgaço has.From the top, the imagination is lost ... the superb panoramic of the surrounding land and the Historic Town Centre transport us to conquerors times, kings and princesses who rely on the memories that marked not only the essence of a village, but an irreplaceable collective whole in the national history.
Known as "Edifício dos Três Arcos", the Alvarinho manor-house makes you visit worth the double. On the one hand the architectural whole that gives its shelter and that makes it one of the most emblematic seventeenth century manor-house of the region, fill in the sights and memories on the other its current dedication to the Alvarinho wine fills us in every way. Consisting of two floors, where coexist a tasting room, a conference and exhibition hall, a support bar and shop local products, this Temple of Alvarinho is the perfect place to taste and experience this true nectar. Of the most current to rarities such as Alvarinho fermented in wood or sparkling here you can meet the Alvarinho wine in all its essence, and even harmonize it with regional delicacies, including most importantly the smoked meat and sausage. An endless variety of flavours that you cannot miss!

Contact

solardoalvarinho@cm-melgaco.pt

Tel: 251 410 195

Schedule

Tasting room and shop

10h00 - 12h30

14h30 - 19h00

Bar

Sun - Thursday – 10.00 – 19.00

Friday and Saturday – 10.00 am – 2.00 a.m.

Closes:

Sunday and Monday of Easter,

24, 25 and 31 December and 1 January

It is going down in a staircase, beneath the earth; we come to one of the most interesting landmarks of Medieval Melgaço, dubbed the Archaeological Ruins from the Republic Square. A set of well-preserved archaeological ruins and some vestiges related to the ancient fortress, which transport us to the experiences and stories of the thirteenth to seventeenth. Do not miss this trip and enjoy from abroad this wonderful square where rise buildings of great architectural value and historical legacy.
The Misericórdia Church  - also nicknamed Santa Maria do Campo and so called for being in the field of the fair and to distinguish it from one that was near the castle gate, is a wonderful example of Romanesque influence in the village.Dating back to the thirteenth century, it emphasizes the bow two archivolts gate that transports us to a full interior detail. Here, they deserve special contemplation Emblem weapons of Misericórdia and gilded altarpieces (of Mannerist and Baroque influence) as well as the altarpiece of neo-classical building. Abroad, as well as a church yard, do not miss the two anthropomorphic graves of medieval times.
Unique in the country, the Film Museum is must visit for the Seventh Art lovers. Housed in the former building of the Fiscal Guard, this space brings together a unique collection donated to the City by Jean-Loup Passek whose honour prevails in the Museum's name, known as Cinema Museum Jean-Loup Passek. Formerly Director of the Film Department of the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris and La Rochellle Film Festival, Jean Loup Passek joined his passion for film to his love for Melgaço, a fact that allows us to enjoy an original and unique estate. From space to space, jump us to view movie details, since the days of silent films to more modern. Abound photographs, posters, magic lanterns, equipment and of course many, many movies. And in addition to a permanent exhibition, the museum also offers a small auditorium and spaces dedicated to temporary exhibitions, that the good cinema always make us dream!

Schedule:

Summer schedule: 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 19:00 | Winter schedule: 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:00.

Note: Closes on Monday.

Price: € 1. Children under 12 are free.

Telephone: 251 401 575

The Museum Centre Space Memory and Border, dedicated to the recent history of the county, has in its collection artefacts related to smuggling and immigration, two significant social phenomena of identity in the region. In order to recall the clandestine and dangerous life of many men and women of this land, the museum's program involves collecting and foster research, involving a set of experts who focus their work on the theme of this space.

Opening hours: April 1 to September 30 10.00-12.30 / 14.30-19.00; 1 October to 31 March / 10.00-12.30 / 14.00-17.00

Closed: Monday

Tel .: 251 410 196

E-mail: memoriaefronteira@cm-melgaco.pt

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