Friday, October 30, 2009

Church of Santa Maria of Meinedo

Rota do Românico No. 9

Igreja de santa Maria de Meinedo

A late construction that may be the reconstruction of an old monastery of hermits that probably stood in the very same place in the 11th century as a reform of an old Suevi-Visigoth bulding from the 7th century. The current bulding probably dates back to the 13th century and has an inscription from 1262 at the entrance of the church. Meinedo was the head of a Bishopie in the 16th century.

Name: Church of Santa Maria of Meinedo
Type: Church / Monastery
Classification: Property of Public Interest from 1945
Style: Romanesque rural
State of Conservation: Good
Festival Patron: Our Lady of the Snows - second weekend, week of September
Time of Worship: 3, 6 Friday and Saturday at 19h, Sunday, holidays and feast days at 11:15
Time of Visit: Saturday and Sunday from 10h to 13h, by appointment. Minimum visitors: 10.
Price of Admission: Free

For explanation on Portuguese please visit official site of Romans ways:
Phone: 255 810 706 / 918 116 488
Fax: 255 810 709

Location: Station Place, parish of Meinedo, Lousada, Oporto, Portugal

How to get there:
If approaching from the north of Portugal through the A28 (Road/Oporto), the A3 (Valença/Oporto) or A7 (Sabrosa/Oporto) follow the direction of Penafiel (A4) A11 (Esposende/Marco de Canaveses). Get to Caíde de Rei on the A11, following signs to RRVS to the Church of Meinedo.
If coming from downtown or south of the country by the A1 (Lisbon-Oporto) or the A29 (Estarreja/VN Gaia) in Oporto between crossing the river Douro through the bridge of the Ash.
From Oporto you may go for A4/IP4 (Vila Real) or A41/A42 (Oporto) that will lead to the A11, following signs of Felgueiras and Amarante, respectively. On the A11 take exit on of Caíde de Rei.
If you are already in the town of Lousada, turn onto the road N320 following the direction of the Market Hall at the intersection of traffic lights before the Court. From this intersection go straight ahead until you find the signs of RRVS. At the entrance of Meinedo, soon after crossing over the River Sousa, do not consider the statement to the right of RRVS moving on to the Church of Meinedo.

Geographic Coordinates: Lat: 41 ° 14 '54,789 "N / Long: 8 ° 15' 26,908" W

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