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The main goal of this project, aimed at recovering a small religious building in Mosteiro, 20 km north of Mértola, was to establish a relationship between its history and the people who live here.

The monastery, which was built in an area where there used to be a Roman Villa, is mentioned in documents since the 15th century, but its origin is a lot earlier. In the 1980s it was completely ruined; it was acquired by City Council and recovered by students from the Escola Profissional Bento de Jesus Caraça, in Mértola.

In addition to architectural elements, it displays ethnographic objects donated by locals, fostering the creation of identity bonds and the development of a need to preserve collective memory.


Next to the old road that linked Myrtilis (Mértola) to Pax Julia (Beja), near the difficult crossing point over the river Terges and Cobres, a small group of houses (monte), known as Mosteiro, is situated. At the furthest point of this group of houses and situated slightly apart, is a small building, which, due to its architectural features, has come to be identified as a former place of Christian worship. This same place occupied by a villa (agricultural house) or mansio (place for changing the teams of horses and giving support to passers-by) was later adapted in the Roman period to a household monastery.

Various archaeological elements from the late Roman period to the Palaeo-Christian one were localized, or gathered in this place, having been re-used as construction material of which shafts, bases of columns and other architectural and ceramic fragments are to be highlighted.

This monument, constructed in poor stonework, is divided in two: the chancel and the main rectangular body, separated by a triumphal arch, possibly made later. The apse –chancel, covered by a small calotte, liturgically faces the East.

Two other divisions were annexed to the original body at an indefinite date, converting the former Christian temple into a residential area with its outbuildings.



Información de la localidad

Monte Mosteiro
Outros monumentos e locais a visitarMuseu de Mértola
Herança naturalParque Natural do Vale do Guadiana
Recreações Históricas
Festival de Interesse Turísticot
Guias EspecializadosMértola
Guias EspecializadosNo
Visitas GuiadasYes
Local na rede Internetmuseudemertola.pt
Monumento ou local a visitarMonte Mosteiro
EstiloRoman, paleocristhian, medieval
TipoMonastic architecture
ÉpocaSiglos II-VII
Estado de ConservaçãoGood
Grau de proteção legalMértola Museum
Endereço para correspondênciaturismo@cm-mertola.pt
CoordenadasGPS: 37.789973, -7.723969
Propriedade, dependênciaCâmara Municipal de Mértola
Possibilidade de visitas do público em geral ou apenas de especialistas
Necessidades de conservação
Horários e condições de visita
De martes a domingo: de 9:15 a 12:30 y de 14:00 a 17:15 horas
Cerrado: lunes, 1 de enero, 1 de mayo y 25 de diciembre
Praça Luís de Camões 
7750-329 Mértola
Teléf.: 286 610 100 
Valor do ingresso
Trabalho de pesquisa em andamento
Sinalização se está inscrito na rota
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Sites de informaçãomuseudemertola.pt
LocalizaçãoMonte Mosteiro Mértola