Mosteiro de Merufe

Religious Heritage

This interesting Romanic monastery is located in the small rural village of Merufe, and its history is connected to the foundation of the parish. Formerly known as Irmãs Bentas Convent, it used to be a shelter house for the pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela. Close your eyes and imagine the palmers arriving, tired but encouraged by faith and cheered by chants, asking for a place to stay... Nowadays, the only elements left from the original convent are the church and a few traces of walls. On the outside, we can notice some ancient grave covers while on the inside there’s still a baptismal sink and some inscribed stones. Take a sit on one of the benches of its nice bloomy churchyard and admire the central bell tower with its ancient clock and a weather vane on top.

Monção (Viana do Castelo)

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