Convent of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, built to shelter the barefoot nuns who professed devotion and piety to the rules of St. Bernard.
On the route of the Cistercian Order of the monasteries
This work, that has a primitive trace, existed until the reign of King Jose. All of it is true to everything that prevents the proper experience and practice of the gospel according to the rule of St. Bernard, whether in its purity, or in the fact that it is restricted to the essential. The monastery forms a quadrilateral form within a fence, surrounded by high walls in granite. Outside we appreciate the magnificent Mannerist portico formed with classicizing elements ambiguously conjugated and decorated with geometric motifs. It is constituted by two pilasters, made of shaft cushion. In the center it is positioned a niche outlined by a shell, which is portrayed the image of St. Bernard. This is flanked by two windings fillets. The outline is flanked by two pyramidal pinnacles crowned by a ball, while the center is marked by a lush crest of the order, outlined by shell shapes, resulting from an intervention made in the second half of the eighteenth century. A huge stairway leads to the bell tower, topped by four pinnacles, torn by huge big windows. In this viewpoint was born a funny story, reported by Aquilino Ribeiro in his book “The Valeroso Miracle”: during the French invasions that decimated the surrounding villages, people fled to the Convent. The priest, feeling the threat of the French Barbarians, wanted to create a maneuver that would scare them off. He thought and thought and the idea that came to him mind was taking advantage of the night, bring all the images of saints to the lookout, surround them with burning candles, and with the figures of the images resembling human figures, the French left, leaving the convent and who was there untouched. Regarding the architectural side, inside the convent stands the elegant cloister with two floors, the upper one delineated by a straight rail, while in the lower rise Tuscan columns. In the center, it positions itself a fountain of great decorative exuberance and wavy shape, characteristics that are very specific to the Rococo era. Of course these features were part of the Convent of Our Lady of the Assumption in their foundation and of the times while it worked as such.
This it was a convent of the Cistercian Order, it also the last to be shut down in Portugal. History dictated that with the end of the religious order, this space stayed delivered to its fate, which led to looting and destruction. The Church escaped the devastation, which belonged to the people of Tabosa of Carregal.The convent that is now in the possession of private individuals who wish to give back the importance it had before.