The Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque (CIR), promoted by the Route of the Romanesque, opened to the public on September 27, 2018, in the town of Lousada, Porto.

The exhibition concept behind this major venue for the dissemination of historical-cultural heritage stands out for the boldness of its architecture, but also for the multiple interactive experiences provided by its museographic contents. In addition to a reception, a bar and a library, the Interpretation Centre comprises an exhibition area with approximately 650 square meters, organised in large central foyer and six theme-based rooms: Territory and Establishment of Portugal; Medieval Society; The Romanesque; The Builders; Symbolism and Colour; Monuments Over Time.

Thus, the CIR emerges as the ideal setting for you to start your journey of discovery of the Route of the Romanesque and its territory of influence, as well as of the art and symbolism that marked Portugal and Europe over several centuries in the Middle Ages.

The Route of the Romanesque is a tourist-cultural project that comprises, currently, 58 monuments and two interpretation centres, located in 12 municipalities of the Sousa, Douro and Tâmega valleys (Amarante, Baião, Castelo de Paiva, Celorico de Basto, Cinfães, Felgueiras, Lousada, Marco de Canaveses, Paços de Ferreira, Paredes, Penafiel and Resende), in northern Portugal.


  • Awards Portuguese Association of Museology 2019 | “Museographic Work”, “Management and Multimedia App” and “Film” categories. Honourable mention in the “Best Museum of the Year” category.
  • Architecture MasterPrize 2019 | “Cultural Architecture” category.
  • MUSE Design Awards 2020 | “Architectural Design” category (Gold Winner).
  • A’ Design Award & Competition 2020 | “Architecture, Building and Structure” category (Gold Winner).
Project Co-financed by the ERASMUS+ PROGRAM
FINANCIAL CONTRACT No.: 2020-1-IT02-KA229-079259_4

The Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque


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