The Capela de São Pedro de Balsemão is perfectly nestled in a small plain along the banks of the Balsemão River, a tributary of the left bank of the Varosa River. Although today it is part of a 17th century manor house, it still holds inside unique testimonies from the 10th century, namely constructive techniques of Iberian Mozarabic architecture, making it one of the rare examples in the Portuguese territory. Some authors affirm its Visigothic antiquity, although more recent studies point to a chronology close to the time of the Reconquest. Certain is the Roman presence in the place, clearly visible in the various inscribed stones, including the funerary altars, reused in the construction of the chapel walls. Of later date, another of the striking elements of this small temple is the sarcophagus of the middle of the 14th century belonging to D. Afonso Pires, Bishop of Porto, who did major works here during this period. The Capela de São Pedro de Balsemão has been part of the Vale do Varosa Project since April 2014.
- How to get
EN 226 to Lamego. Lamego - Balsemão A 24 to Lamego
From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm
Closed on January 1, May 1, Easter Sunday, Lamego Municipal Holiday (September 8) and Christmas Day (December 25)
Tel.:+ 351 254 600 230