Mosteiro de Bravães - Ponte da Barca (Monastery of Bravães -

Ponte da Barca
Description
The old Benedictine Monastery was instituted as a commend of the Templars in the end of the XII century, being owned by the Cónegos Regrantes de Santo Agostinho (Santo Agostinho Order) at that time. According the “Inquirições” in the year of 1258, D. Afonso Henriques would have protected the monastery before 1180. In this construction we can distinguish the main gate, adorned with figurative and geometric motifs on which we can notice, by its rarity in the Portuguese Romanesque, the human figures that appear on two shafts, face to face. Recognized as one of the masterpieces of the Portuguese Romanesque art, classified as National Monument since 1910, the church of Bravães is a well-preserved monument of great historical significance and of exceptional scientific and heritage value.

Location: Ponte da Barca
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