The Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque, promoted by the Route of the Romanesque, opened to the public on September 27, 2018, in the town of Lousada, Porto.
The exhibition concept behind this major venue for the dissemination of historical-cultural heritage stands out for the boldness of its architecture, but also for the multiple interactive experiences provided by its museographic contents.
In addition to a reception, a bar and a library, the Interpretation Centre comprises an exhibition area with approximately 650 square meters, organised in large central foyer and six theme-based rooms: Territory and Establishment of Portugal; Medieval Society; The Romanesque; The Builders; Symbolism and Colour; Monuments Over Time.
Thus, the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque emerges as the ideal setting for you to start your journey of discovery of the Route of the Romanesque and its territory of influence, as well as of the art and symbolism that marked Portugal and Europe over several centuries in the Middle Ages.
Currently, the Route of the Romanesque comprises 58 monuments, located in 12 municipalities (Amarante, Baião, Castelo de Paiva, Celorico de Basto, Cinfães, Felgueiras, Lousada, Marco de Canaveses, Paços de Ferreira, Paredes, Penafiel and Resende) of the Sousa, Douro and Tâmega valleys, in northern Portugal.
Route: Sousa Valley
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed on Mondays and on January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, and December 25.
Ticket, per person: 3,00€
Ticket for school groups, including senior universities, on study trips, per person: 1,00€
Ticket + guided tour (minimum 5 persons), per person: 4,50€
Ticket + guided tour for school groups, including senior universities, on study trips, per person: 1,50€
Exemptions (free visits)
First Tuesday of the month for individual visits or groups of up to 10 people, inclusive, residing in Portugal;
Children up to 12 years of age, inclusive*, not participating in guided school visits;
Members of the Portuguese Museology Association (APOM), International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)*;
Officials of the Directorate-General of Cultural Heritage (DGPC) and Regional Directorates for Culture*;
Journalists in the exercise of their duties, upon prior notice*;
Tourism professionals upon presentation of proof of registration with the RNAAT;
Groups from Portuguese charitable institutions or areas of social action of local authorities or other institutions of public interest with proven economic need*;
Visitors with disabilities and 1 accompanying person upon presentation of certificate of disability equal to or higher than 60%;
Employees of the Municipalities covered by the Route of the Romanesque*.
Student Card*, not participating in a guided school visit;
Youth Card*, not participating in a guided school visit;
Visitors aged 65 or over*, not participating in a guided school visit.
*Requires documentary proof.
**Payment by ATM is still not available at the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque.
General rules applicable to all visits
Guided tours should be booked (at least 5 business days in advance) and confirmed in advance;
Groups with more than 30 people are not allowed to enter simultaneously; Discounts are not cumulative.
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How to get here:
Praça das Pocinhas, 107
Se vem do Norte de Portugal através da A28 (Porto), da A3 (Porto), da A7 (Póvoa de Varzim), da A24 (Chaves/Viseu) ou da A4 (Bragança/Matosinhos) siga na direção de Felgueiras pela A11 e, depois, na de Paços de Ferreira pela A42. Saia no nó de Alvarenga/Lousada e siga a sinalização da Rota do Românico/Centro de Interpretação.
A partir do Porto opte pela A3 (Valença), depois pela A41 CREP (Paços de Ferreira), A42 (Felgueiras) e saia no nó de Alvarenga/Lousada, seguindo depois a sinalização da Rota do Românico/Centro de Interpretação.
Se vem do Centro ou Sul de Portugal pela A1 (Porto) ou pela A29 (V.N. Gaia) opte pela A41 CREP. Depois escolha a A42 (Felgueiras), saia em Alvarenga/Lousada e siga a sinalização da Rota do Românico/Centro de Interpretação.
Linha do Douro (Comboios Urbanos Porto-Marco ou Comboios Regionais Porto-Régua/Pocinho), com possível saída nas estações de: Penafiel (a 9,6 km do CIR), Meinedo (a 5,2 km) ou Caíde (a 7,6 km). Consulte aqui todos os horários e preços.