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Franciscan Convent of Varatojo, Mesão Frio

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Jardim  do Covento
Convento Franciscanos Varatojo
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Jardim do Convento
Claustros do Convento
About this Place

The founding of the Franciscan Convent in Mesão Frio does not have a precise date. Fortunato de Almeida, the renowned author of "History of the Church of Portugal" stated, "The Monastery of St. Francis of Mesão Frio was founded in 1724, for monks." Conversely, Henry Frei Rema posited the year 1744 as the probable date of its founding. A third possible theory is that the construction of a house for the Franciscan friars at Mesão Frio began in 1724, and was not completed until twenty years later.

One certainty regarding the Franciscan Convent at Mesão Frio is that its history and secrets are shrouded in local legends. Since 1834, the building has served as the location of various public judiciary, administrative, and municipal offices for the village of Mesão Frio.

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Patricia Barros

Av. Conselheiro José Maria Alpoim,432, Mesão Frio, 17 5040-310
254 890 100 · fax 254 890 109

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Latitude: 41.158499300
Longitude: -7.891514900
Elevation: 959 FT (292 M)
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