The Romanesque appeared in Portugal towards the end of the 11th Century and characterises the architecture of Middle Ages, essentially connected to the religious orders. Made up by a set of monuments, monasteries, churches, towers..., visiting them takes you back to the times of the nation's foundation and all its history.

We suggest a one-day journey through the Romanesque with the following itinerary:
Castelo de Paiva – Penafiel – Paredes
Where you should visit:

The Memorial of Sobrado – Castelo de Paiva
The Church of S. Miguel of Entre-os-Rios - Entre-os-Rios
The Church of the Saviour of Cabeça Santa – Penafiel
The Church of Saint Gens of Boelhe – penafiel
The Church of S. Pedro of Abragão – Penafiel
The Memorial of Ermida – Penafiel
The Monastery of the Saviour of Paço de Sousa – Penafiel
The Chapel of Our Lady of Vale – Paredes
The Monastery of S. Pedro of Cête - Paredes


"In the Roman planning of the 2nd Century AD the River Douro stood out as the border between the provinces of Terraconensis (north/right bank) and Lusitania (south/left bank), and such administrative division resulted in different paces of growth and development. However, similar religious rituals were kept in the villages along the riverside, according to recent archaeological research.

Becoming acquainted with this knowledge and, at the same time, going through the spaces and observing the landscape that fostered these ancient experiences is a fine justification for this itinerary, although only the road section from S. Nicolau to Tongobriga is now operting."

The experimental stretch, beginning in S Nicolau, includes:

The experimental stretch, beginning in S Nicolau, includes: A visit to the Church of Saint Nicolau, in Romanesque style, that holds inside the overlaid remains of frescos from several periods, mostly from the 16th Century. To the right of the Church of Saint Nicolau, you may also visit the Chapel of S. Lazaro as well as the Cross of the Good Passage which stands in front of the Church.

Walk up the Roman /Medieval Street and stop nearby the D. Mafalda Inn and the Chapel of the Holy Spirit which may have sheltered nine pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela.

Further up, you may observe the Pillory of Canaveses, dated from the 17th Century, located in front of the Town Council's former building, defunct in the 19th Century.

The journey continues by car till Tongobriga – a Roman village (located in the current Aldeia do Freixo). Here you may enjoy a guided tour to the Forum, habitational area and traces of the ancient Paleo-Christian Basilica (nearby the current Church of Saint Mary of Freixo).


Convent of Alpendurada

Funded in the 11th Century, serving the Benedictine Order, it still preserves memories of the austerity of times of yore.

Sundial of the Our Lady of Fátima Square

Located in the Our Lady of Fátima Square in Marco de Canaveses.

Archaeological Area of Freixo in Marco de Canaveses

Proto-historical village with fortifications. Features a Pre-Roman water resort and Roman thermal baths; a forum and possible temple; a necropolis; a wine press and a grave yard.

Carmen Miranda Municipal Museum in Marco de Canaveses

A space dedicated to the history of the municipality but not exclusively. It features several temporary exhibits of paintings and other plastic arts.

Church of Saint Mary

This is one of the places you just cannot miss. Designed by Architect Siza Vieira, it includes the church, the funeral chapel, the auditorium, the Sunday school and the priest's chambers. Built with modern lines, it stands out by the stripped materials, and the architect also designed the furniture and the liturgical objects himself.