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Romanesque Route

Detalhe de Portal da Igreja de S. Pedro das Águias ou de São Pedro Velho
Photo:Câmara Municipal de Tabuaço
Photo:Câmara Municipal de Tabuaço

Don't miss
  • visit Amarante, a beautiful city that straddles the river Tâmega, where highlights are the Church of S. Gonçalo and the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum
  • enjoy the terraces by the river, where you can taste the convent sweets of Amarante
  • in Felgueiras, taste the famous Margaride pão-de-ló (sponge cake)

The Romanesque Route is a tour covering 58 monuments located in the north of Portugal, near the rivers Tâmega, Sousa and part of the Douro.

It includes monasteries, churches and memorials, bridges, castles and towers that have in common the characteristic Romanesque architecture of this region. On the whole, they are located in the centre of a triangle whose vertices are World Heritage Sites: Porto, Guimarães and the Douro Valley.

The Romanesque Route is in fact divided into three routes that connect to each other by road, following the river valleys: The Sousa Valley Route, with 19 monuments; The Tâmega Valley Route, with 25 monuments; and the Douro Valley route, roughly between Castelo de Paiva and Resende, with 14 monuments.

This region and its architectural heritage are indelibly associated with the beginnings of Portuguese nationality, since it was here that the noble families resided who helped the first kings in the Christian Reconquest of the territory that is today Portugal. On the other hand, the clergy and the religious orders helped populations to settle, which is why churches, monasteries and other monuments with unique architectural features are concentrated in such a small area, having often played defensive roles, as attested by their embattled towers and buttresses.

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