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AMADEO DE SOUZA-CARDOSO MUSEUM
Dedicated to Amarante’s most famous prodigal son, Amadeo de Sousa-Cardoso (1887-1918), a Modernist painter from the same generation as Fernando Pessoa and Almada Negreiros. The museum is famed above all for its collection of paintings from Amadeo’s final period: 1919-1918. Also on display is a pair of figures representing male and female devils that belong to a fertility cult prior to the time of St. Gonçalo. The cult so enraged the Bishop of Braga that he decided to burn them … but in the end settled for castrating the male devil. (255 420 272. Alameda Teixeira de Pascoaes; Adults 1€, Children under 14 free, Students under 26/Senior citizens 0.50€; 10 am -12.30 pm and 2 pm -5.30 pm; closed on Mondays and public holidays).
SÃO DOMINGOS CHURCH
The area behind the Igreja de S. Gonçalo is the perfect place to enjoy a panoramic view of the river, as the French Generals Delaborde and Loison discovered at the time of the French Invasions. The church also has a beautiful Baroque façade.
SÃO GONÇALO BRIDGE
A medieval bridge reconstructed in 1790 after the original collapsed due to severe flooding. It still bears an inscription recording the battle between the French and Anglo-Portuguese armies. According to legend, when the old Roman bridge over the River Tâmega collapsed in the 18th century, it was rebuilt by St. Gonçalo.
SÃO GONÇALO MONASTERY
The monastery stands near the bridge in a pleasant square surrounded by white granite houses and has a very unusual dome covered in red tiles. The entrance is marked by a beautiful Renaissance portal. Inside, the image of St. Gonçalo is carved on his tombstone, worn by the touch of thousands of devout followers.
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