This is a male monastery of the Cistercian Order, whose construction began in 1168. With its foundation closely linked to the figure of Teresa Afonso, wife of Egas Moniz, the monastic complex was largely expanded in the 17th and 18th centuries, where a new and monumental cloister of the 18th century, with a trace of the Maltese architect Carlos Gimach is highlighed. Counting in its estate with works by some of the biggest names in painting in Portugal, such as Vasco Fernandes (Grão Vasco), Bento Coelho da Silveira or Pascoal Parente, after the extinction of the Religious Orders in Portugal, in 1834, the church was converted into a parish church and part of the monastic facilities sold to private individuals. Classified as a National Monument in 1997, under a protocol with the Diocese of Lamego, the Portuguese State began the progressive restoration of the buildings and the estate in 2002, enabling its opening to the public in October 2011.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10h00-13h00 e das 14h00-18h00
Closes: 1 December, 1 may, Domingo de Páscoa, 29 September and 25 December
Tel.:+351 254 600 230
Website: Vale do Varosa