Monastery of Bravães

Monastery of Bravães

Monasterio de Bravães

An old Benedictine monastery that was commissioned by D. Vasco Nunos at the end of the 12th century, and which was established as a templar eulogy, at that time also passing the monastery to the regular canons of Saint Augustine. As mentioned in the “Inquiries” of 1258, D. Afonso Henriques had guarded the monastery before 1180. In the 15th century the monastery closed, with which the building was reduced to the parish church.

Of its construction, the main portal stands out, decorated with figurative and geometric motifs. On the other hand, the human figures that appear on two shafts, facing each other, deserve to be highlighted for their rarity in the Portuguese Romanesque panorama.

Undoubtedly recognized as one of the masterpieces of Portuguese Romanesque art, classified as a National Monument since 1910, the church of Bravães is a well-preserved monument of undeniable regional historical importance and exceptional scientific and patrimonial value. In addition, it is included in the Route of the Romanesque of Northern Portugal.


Monastery of Bravães.


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Free exterior and interior access subject to availability and opening hours of the shops. The monastery is just 4.5 km from the center of the city’s capital, continuing west along the N203.



Almeida, Carlos Alberto Ferreira de, A Igreja Românica de Bravães, s.l., s.n., s.d., pp. 223-238 (texto copiado).

Almeida, Mª. José Pérez Homem de, San Salvador de Bravães: una encrucijada en el románico portugués, Porto, Centro de Estudos Humanísticos, 1984, pp. 317-339.

Bandeira, Filomena e Noé, Paula, “Igreja de Bravães” (Nº IPA: PT011606030001), 1996, Inventário do Património, available at: www.monumentos.pt

Mosteiro de São Salvador de Bravães. Available at: https://www.romanicodigital.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/files/portugal_PONTE_DA_BARCA-VIANA_DO_CASTELO.pdf


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