Church of Saint Mary of Meinedo – Lousada

The Church of Saint Mary of Meinedo features an architectonic program that is very attached to rural Romanesque. Its timeframe should be placed between the late 13th century and the early 14th century, although the temple perpetuates decorative schemes and building methods from Romanesque models.

The church is designed with rectangular nave and transept, both with wood cover. The main portal has archivolts decorated with pearl motives in a rural Gothic fashion.

The church’s prestige is recognized. Meinedo was head of a Bishopric in the 6th century. The archaeological excavation campaign carried out between 1991 and 1993 identified the apse of a cruciform building, presumably from the Suevi period.

The image of Our Lady of Meinedo or Our Lady of the Snows is a sculpture from the Gothic period. It fits in the period of production from Coimbra, perhaps in the 15th century. However, the almost complete disappearance of polychromatism gives it a slightly archaic look, which makes it harder to attribute an accurate dating.

History

Architecture and Furniture

Regular guided visits

Building

Church of Saint Mary of Meinedo
Lugar da Igreja, Meinedo
Lousada
Portugal

Opening times

Celebrations – Tuesday, Friday and Saturday: 07 pm; Sunday, Holidays and Religious Holidays: 11.15 am.