Monastery

The Monastery of Saint Maria das Júnias is situated in a valley, where the river Campesinho runs. Of all the constructions, only the church conserves its roof; the remaining portion are just walls in ruin.

It is located in a completely isolated territory and was consecrated to the “Lady of the Nails” who, for phonetic simplification, became “Lady of the Júnias” . The antiquity of the building of the church is certified by the recorded registration in the exterior face of the wall of the church, that delimits the cemetery, together with the lateral door: ERA: MCLXXXV. Thus, the year of 1147 will be the probable date for the foundation of the Monastery of the Júnias.

You arrive the monastery by means of a foot way rank, from the cemetery of Pitões. Of the high one of the steep slope that takes to S. Maria de Júnias, you will be able to see a set of buildings. The occupied space forms an irregular square. On our left, the body of the church with the main façade is turned for us, as well as the main chapel, by the river.

On the opposing side, from the main façade, is the entrance, with access to the set of residential buildings, capsized for a central patio. In the center of the square, it is the emptiness of the arches, of which only three remain. Perpendicular to the church, coming from the main chapel, and following the running river, is the remaining portion of a body of two floors that once where the house of the Abbot.