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Monastery of Sao Joao de Tarouca

Open Now: 10:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 18:00
Open today: 10:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 18:00
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Tarouca cistercian monastery

It was the first cistercian monastery to be built in Portugal in the middle of the XII... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2017
Worth the trip : a cistercian monastery

It s a unique experience , and quite unknown , even to portuguese friends .The new Museum makes it... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2016
Sandra D
Lisbon, Portugal
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21 Oct 2017
“Tarouca cistercian monastery”
20 Jul 2017
“tour of whole complex and area”
The male Cistercian monastery of São João de Tarouca was the first Cistercian monastery built in Portugal. It was founded in 1140 and its construction started in 1154. One of the most preserved monastic buildings is the church, which preserves its...more
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Sao Joao de Tarouca | Serra de Leomil, Sao Joao de Tarouca 3610-082, Portugal
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

It was the first cistercian monastery to be built in Portugal in the middle of the XII century. The church is astonishing, unfortunately couldn't take pictures from inside. The monastery aside is in ruins giving a magical aura to the complex. The area around with...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank PedroRBC
Reviewed 21 July 2017

The church history and area is well worth the visit and village was a great little site but in my view not the most memorable part of a journey through the area but depending on your religion and previous visits to sites of a similar...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

It s a unique experience , and quite unknown , even to portuguese friends .The new Museum makes it all come alive , and the setting is very serene .

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Sandra D
Reviewed 29 September 2015

We firstly visited the old medieval walled herb garden area which is being turned into a modern herbal garden, guided by the manager who is incredibly passionate about the place and the work she and her team are doing, and also very informative about the...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank HarryS_9
Reviewed 10 December 2014

The magnificent monastery is well worth the visit, with its beautiful architecture and location. It impresses by the sheer size. You should also visit the church, with its beautiful paintings, carved wood and engraved stone tomb. There´s also a monastic garden, a little shop with...More

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank Tozzzz
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