Chapel of San Pedro of Balsemão
Location N 41° 06’ 25” | W 7° 46’ 59”
Chapel of São Pedro de Balsemão 5100-013 Lamego, Viseu
Useful Information
Opening daysTuesday to Sunday. Closed to the public on Mondays and on holidays from January 1, Easter Sunday, 1 may, 8 September (municipal holiday) and 25 December. From 10:00 to 1:00 pm 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and.
PriceFree Visit 

The Chapel of San Pedro of Balsemão is perfectly embedded in a small plain along the banks of the river Balsemão, a tributary of the left bank of the river Varosa. Although it is today part of a XVI century manor, keeps inside singular testimony of the century. X, including construction techniques of the Iberian Mozarabic architecture and is one of the rare examples in Portuguese territory.

Some authors claim their Visigoth antiquity, although more recent studies indicate a close chronology of the time of the Reconquers.

Right is the Roman presence in the place, visible in several inscribed stones, including funerary altars, re-used in the construction of the walls of the chapel.

Later, another of the striking elements of this small temple is the sarcophagus of the mid-century XIV belonging to Afonso Pires, the Bishop of Porto, which here made major works in this period.

The Chapel of San Pedro of Balsemão integrates Varosa Valley Project since April 2014.

    Educational Services:

    Conducting guided tours, by appointment.


    Getting There:

    By car: A24, exit Lamego

    Trains: Régua (connection by bus to Lamego) – Porto

    Urban bus: Porto – Campo 24 de Agosto, Fátima, Coimbra, Viseu; Express: Viseu – Coimbra – Lisbon; Viseu-Aveiro-Porto-Braga-Guarda-Covilhã; Régua-Armamar-Moimenta-Viseu-Coimbra- Lisbon


    Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed to the public on Monday and holidays on 1st January, Easter Sunday, May 1st, September 8 (municipal holiday) and December 25th. From 10h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 18h00.


    Free visit