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Monumentos próximos da A32, A41 e A43

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SANTA MARIA DA FEIRA
CASTLE

On your way along the A32, stop in Santa Maria da Feira to visit the city's castle.

An emblematic work of medieval Portuguese military architecture, the Castle of Santa Maria da Feira is one of the monuments that best reflects the diversity of the means of defence used during the Middle Ages, having been instrumental throughout the process of Reconquista and autonomy of th County of Portucalense.

It has been a Roman occupation fort, a wall against the Norman invasions, a military fort at the time of the Christian movement fighting for the territories conquered by the Muslims, the headquarters of a military region, a political center that would lead to the independence of the country - it would have played a decisive role in supporting the independence cause of King Afonso Henriques and a strong hand in the military actions that culminated in the taking of Coimbra.

The monument is currently used as a Cultural Center in the city of Santa Maria da Feira.

Further information here.

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MAIN CHURCH OF OLIVEIRA DE AZEMEIS

Traveling along the A32 motorway you arrive at Oliveira de Azeméis where you can visit the Mother Church. Built in 1719, this church was rebuilt in the mid-nineteenth century. The facade presents a portal flanked by two bell towers and a sculpture of Saint Michael fighting the devil.

The access to the church is made by a staircase composed of several flights with intermediate landings. It is worth noting the Baroque altarpieces in gilded woodcarving, and in particular the altarpiece, dating from 1731. Previously, the church was located at the site of Passal. The current church stands in the northern part of the old core, on a small elevation.

Further information here.

CONVENT OF
CORPUS CHRISTI 

Take the A32 to Vila Nova de Gaia and visit the Convent of Corpus Christi, also known as the Monastery of São Domingos das Donas. The Monastery is next to the Gaia Pier and was built in 1345 at the behest of a noblewoman of the city, Dona Maria Mendes Petite.

It was eventually extinguished in 1834. In its place they built the church and convent body we see today, from which the nuns were removed in the 1990s and which currently belongs to the City Council of Gaia. In the Convent, the tomb ark of Álvaro de Cernache, ensign of the flag of the Lovers' Wing in the Battle of Aljubarrota.

Further information here.

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CONVENT OF
SAO GONCALO

When traveling along the A41 motorway you can visit the Convent of São Gonçalo, in Amarante. The church began to be built in 1543, in the center of the city of Amarante, in the exact place where a chapel in honor of the municipality's patron saint, São Gonçalo, had already been built.

The richness and diversity of the convent are in its Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque, and 19th century features. The Convent of São Gonçalo has been a national monument since 1910.

Further information here.

MAGALHÃES
MANOR HOUSE

Travel to Amarante through the A41 and take the opportunity to visit one of the most emblematic monuments of the city.

The Solar dos Magalhães has been implanted in the second half of the XVI century, in the center of the urban mesh of Amarante. In the XIX century the Manor House became a symbol of resistance of the Amarante people against the Napoleonic invasion.

Contrary to most of the houses that were burned down, the Solar dos Magalhães was never rebuilt, its ruins remaining as a testimony of the violent attacks. 

Further information here.

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GRANJA'S PALACE

In your trip through A41, if you have to stop in Paredes, visit the Palacete da Granja, which is currently the House of Culture of Paredes.

The building was built in the last quarter of the XIX century. Joaquim Bernardo Mendes, a Portuguese returned from Brazil who received the title of Viscount of Paredes, ordered the construction of the Palace that in 1895 lodged King Carlos I of Portugal.

The Palacete da Granja is surrounded by a huge garden, with some Brazilian characteristics, among which stand out the facades covered with yellow tiles and large doors and windows.

Further information here.

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BANDEIRINHA
MANOR HOUSE

Use the A43 to travel to Gondomar, a place where you will find one of the most important buildings in the city: Bandeirinha Manor House. A 16th century farmhouse that was initially called "Quinta de Marrocos".

Its first owner was Jorge Vieira Cabral. The 17th century Baroque style carved ceilings, built by the 3rd "morgado" of the farm, Manuel da Cunha Coutinho de Portocarrero, were acquired by the City of Gondomar in 1992, and later restored under the guidance of architect Carlos Fonseca.

Further information here.

FOZ DO SOUSA BRIDGE

This bridge was designed by Eng. Edgar Cardoso and its construction began in 1949. It was a pioneering work in the field of concrete technology and served as a field of experience for the construction of the Arrábida Bridge in Porto.

Further information here.

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