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Integrating an earlier fortified tower possibly dating from the 14th century, the foundation of this Franciscan male convent began with the donation, in 1525, of the surrounding land by D. Francisco Coutinho, Count of Marialva.
Of Manueline design, with only the church portico surviving, it is also worth noting the construction of the cloister, which has since disappeared, corresponding to the first half of the 16th century, the period of construction of the church and convent complex.
Extinct in 1834, its church was converted into a parish church and the convent premises sold by public auction and partially dismantled or fallen into ruin. Classified as a Property of Public Interest since 1944, the Santo António de Ferreirim Convent was part of the Varosa Valley Project in 2009, which enabled the restoration of the remaining convent area, where the Interpretation Centre has been installed, open to the public since July 2016.
Inside it, a treasure is hidden: the eight boards painted in 1533-1534 by the so-called “Masters of Ferreirim”, a partnership that was unveiled later and that revealed the names of Cristóvão de Figueiredo, Garcia Fernandes and Gregório Lopes as the authors of the paintings.
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