Documented since the 10th century, the monastery of Arouca, exclusively female since 1154, asserts itself mainly from the 13th century onwards, after having received D. Mafalda, daughter of D. Sancho I, who is buried here. There are few vestiges of the most remote phases due to the great renovation works of the 17th - 18th centuries, which defined the current aspect. The church was built between 1704-1730 with a plan by Carlo Gimac. The most notable spaces of the whole group are the Church, the Choir of the Nuns, the Cloisters, the Refectory and the Kitchen. A special mention should be made to the magnificent Sacred Art Museum housed here - one of the best of its kind in the entire Iberian Peninsula -, in which, besides multiple objects of worship, vestments, pieces of furniture and liturgical manuscripts, one can find rare pieces in the arts of sculpture, painting, tapestry and jewelery.
Tuesday to Sunday: 9: 30-12: 00 and from 14: 00-17: 00
Closed to the public on Monday and public holidays
3 € (Museum of Sacred Art)
Free entrance (Church)
Tel .: +351 256 943 321, +351 226 197 080
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