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Lugar da Igreja
The first documentary reference to this temple dates back to 1177 when Vela Rana, heir of Egas Moniz and Teresa Afonso, donates his assets in Lousada at the Savior's Monastery of Paço de Sousa. Subsequently, the patron saint of the Church is documented in 1218 and the Inquiries of 1258. Despite these references, the current building is of moth later, possessing elements of late-arriving from the late 13th century and 14TH century. Having undergone reforms in modern times, saves the ship and the western façade of Romanesque features, in testimony to the persistence of this current on Portuguese medieval architecture. …
Praça Doutor António Meireles
A library in a building with excellent conditions and a privileged location in the centre of town.
Rua do Recanto, 400
The living museum of the flax Mill, located in the mill of Couples, offers the possibility of knowing the flax production cycle. Fueled by a strong carried the mill is, throughout their set, a magnificent specimen. The linen was for centuries one of the most produced crops in Lousada. Nowadays its cultivation does not have the same importance, but, in Couples, the tradition remains.
Praça da República, 160
This baroque chapel is located in the centre of the village, atop the hill that has the same name.
Lugar da Igreja
The date of construction of this temple is estimated to have been in 1262, judging from the patent application at the entrance, although it may correspond to the reconstruction of an ancient monastery of an eremitical 11th century which, in turn, was erected on a building-7th century Visigothic suevic-archaeological excavations carried out in 1991 revealed ama structure belonging to a pre-Romanesque temple. To point out the existence of an image of our Lady of Meinedo, in limestone and with traces of polychrome, which is one of the rare examples of Romanesque sculpture in Portugal.
Church displays altars in Baroque carved Johannite and figurative tiles fill the walls. Includes a Bell Tower and a Bell Tower, whose construction is later than the Church. Built in 1736.
Lugar de Vilela
Although difficult to date, the construction of this bridge can be between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries considering the respective technical and constructive characteristics and judging by the references in the Parish Memories of 1758. However, it may have been built in the period of growth of needs of circulation in the region during the 13th century, with the strong demographic expansion, the Crusades, pilgrimages and increasing mobility of the population. Featuring four perfect round arches, their typology is inspired by the Roman constructions.
Lugar de Espindo
Although their dating is difficult, it is assumed to have been built during the late Romanesque judging by the constructive technique, presenting a Gothic character around the Board in easel. Formed by a single round arch, with the pillars leaving directly from the banks, which ensures greater longevity of Romanesque bridges in comparison with the Roman, ensures communication between the places of Bustelo and Boim. Sustained conservation works, including the consolidation of the built and the surrounding treatment with access routes, lighting and parking area.
Lugar da Torre
4620-886, Vilar do Torno e Alentém
Built between the second half of the 13th century and early 14TH century, the Tower of Vilar is a symbol of Lordly power over the territory and proof of the existence of a "domus fortis", a fortified manor house in Vale do Sousa. It is a five-story building with granite Ashlar. The lighting of this tower was made through loopholes of the Romanesque style and access through an arch with tympanum. Underwent restoration between 2005 and 2006 as part of the Route of the Romanesque of the Sousa Valley.
Rua de Santo Amaro
4775-491, Mosteiro (Monte)
The Romanic church was built on the 12th century even though there are some doubts about the fact that this church used to be part of the Benedictine Convent, founded by S. Frutuoso on the 6th century. It stands out the doorway with two archivolts deeply decorated and the occidental doorway, very simple with the tympanum with a cross and laces, inspired on the bracarense (from Braga) art from the end of the 12th centuries.