Conference Dinner – Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães
Friday 19 October 19.30 – late
Approximately 1km from the historical centre of Guimarães, set on a hill overlooking the city, stands the majestic Pousada Mosteiro Guimarães. This 12th-century Augustinian convent/monastery was given to the Church by Dona Alfalda, wife of the first king of Portugal. The monastery displays elements of late-Roman and Moorish architecture, including a doorway in one of the towers off the cloister that was once the main entrance to the building and is perhaps one of the finest remaining examples of a simple, ornamental Moorish door. Evidence of Romanesque, Gothic and Classic architecture can be seen around the monastery but a fire in the east wing during the 20th century has destroyed many of the impressive glazed-tile panels that depicted Portuguese life in the 18th century. The remaining panels provide us with a remarkable view into the culture and activities of the people of that time, whilst wood carvings, sculptures and other works of art depict the colourful history and function of the building.
The well-kept gardens are another focal point, whilst the stunning setting of the monastery on the hillside affords memorable views across the town and the surrounding hills.
The existing structure was converted in the 1970s into the Pousada of today, and has retained many of the original features of the monastery including the monks cells and the restored mill in the gardens near the spring.
A coach service will be organised to the dinner venue and will return after the event.
The cost of the dinner ticket is €80 and includes a reception drink followed by a three course meal and wine. We are pleased to offer a reduced rate for students at a cost of €40 per ticket. A short awards ceremony will take place during the dinner.