Thursday, August 18, 2016

São João de Tarouca - Portugal

Not so long ago Ninocas spent a weekend in the north of Portugal and she sent a couple of cards from there. I got this nice one of São João de Tarouca Monastery.

Nunes de Almeida Editores
The Monastery of São João de Tarouca is located on the slopes of Leomil mountain, in the Viseu district. Initially it was a hermitage, but in 1152, after the victory of D. Afonso Henriques over the Moors in Trancoso, was laid the first stone of the Cistercian convent church. The monastery was the first to be built in the country by the Cistercian Order. The new dormitory and bell tower were built in the sixteenth century. The last phase of the monastery expansion works took place in the nineteenth century. In 1938 the altarpieces would be restored, and in particular of St. Peter, attributed to Onix. In this abbey rests Pedro Afonso, one of the bastard children of King Dinis, in an huge granite sarcophagus surmounted by recumbent statue and decorated with hunting scenes.

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