St. John Monastery of Tarouca
Location N 40° 59’ 44.70” | W 7° 44’ 54.04”
Useful Information
Opening daysFrom Tuesday to Sunday. Closed to the public on Mondays, national holidays January 1, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December and municipal holiday of Tarouca (29 September). From 10:00 to 1:00 pm 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and.
Price

Normal ticket - 1, 00€

Guided Tour tickets: Guided tours have a 50% surcharge on the ticket.

Temporary exhibitions or other events subject to specific price lists and defined case by case basis and disclosed when its realization.

Discounts:

50% discount Tickets:

Senior Tickets (greater than or equal to 65 years)

Youth Card carrier

Student Card Holder

Large Family (2 adults + children)

Family ticket (> 4 elements)


The construction of the St. John Monastery of Tarouca began in 1154, being the first Cistercian male monastery built in Portuguese territory.

With its foundation closely linked to the founding of nationality, and the figure of Afonso Henriques, the monastic complex was greatly enlarged in the XVII and XVIII centuries with the construction of new buildings, among which stands out a new and colossal dormitory, of two floors, unique in Portugal.

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The year of 1834 would dictate the successive decay of the building, a direct consequence of the extinction decree of the Religious orders. The Church was converted into a parish church and the monastic outbuildings were sold at auction and their buildings used as quarry until the early XX century.

Classified as National Monument, the monastic complex is part since 2009, along with two other monuments (St. Mary Monastery of Salzedas and St. Anthony Convent of Ferreirim) the project Vale do Varosa, which has yet allowed the requalification of the Monastery Church and since 2013, the musealization of the ruins, as result of an extensive archaeological excavation, that took place between 1998 and 2007. In the Casa da Tulha, monastic old barn, visitors can see the three-dimensional reconstruction of the Monastery, being the space that houses the interpretative centre site. The St. John Monastery of Tarouca is one of the most sought places for those visiting the Douro and Varosa region.

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    Accessibilities:

    Waiting for finalization of the rehabilitation works

    Educational Service:

    Conducting guided tours to monastery, by appointment

    Getting there:

    By car: A24, exit Lamego – Tarouca

    By train: Régua (connection by bus until Lamego – Tarouca) – Porto

    City bus: Porto – Campo 24 de Agosto, Fátima, Coimbra, Viseu; Express: Viseu-Coimbra-Lisbon; Viseu-Aveiro-Porto-Braga-Guarda-Covilhã; Régua-Armamar-Moimenta-Viseu-Coimbra-Lisbon

    Timetable

    Tuesday to Sunday. Closed to the public on Monday, national holidays January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th and municipal holiday Tarouca (September 29). From 10h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 18h00.

    Price:

    Normal ticket - 1, 00€

    Guided Tour tickets: Guided tours have a 50% surcharge on the ticket.

    Temporary exhibitions or other events subject to specific price lists and defined case by case basis and disclosed when its realization.

    Discounts:

    50% discount Tickets:

    Senior Tickets (greater than or equal to 65 years)

    Youth Card carrier

    Student Card Holder

    Large Family (2 adults + children)

    Family ticket (> 4 elements)

    Exemptions:

    1st Sunday of each month (individual visits or groups up to 12, inclusive)

    Residents in the Town of Salzedas

    School Ticket (School visits)

    Teachers accompanying the visit

    Children's ticket (up to 12 years inclusive)

    Bearer of ICOMOS, MPOA, ICOM cards

    Unemployed

    Professionals | researchers

    Journalists