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The male Cistercian monastery of São João de Tarouca was the first Cistercian monastery built in Portugal. It was founded in 1140 and its construction started in 1154. One of the most preserved monastic buildings is the church, which preserves its...more
It was the first cistercian monastery to be built in Portugal in the middle of the XII century.
The church is astonishing, unfortunately couldn't take pictures from inside.
The monastery aside is in ruins giving a magical aura to the complex.
The area around with...More
The church history and area is well worth the visit and village was a great little site but in my view not the most memorable part of a journey through the area but depending on your religion and previous visits to sites of a similar...More
We firstly visited the old medieval walled herb garden area which is being turned into a modern herbal garden, guided by the manager who is incredibly passionate about the place and the work she and her team are doing, and also very informative about the...More
The magnificent monastery is well worth the visit, with its beautiful architecture and location. It impresses by the sheer size. You should also visit the church, with its beautiful paintings, carved wood and engraved stone tomb. There´s also a monastic garden, a little shop with...More