Sacred Art Museum

History, Art and Culture

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After the death of the last nun of the Arouca Monastery in 1886, the Royal Brotherhood of Queen Santa Mafalda was established to promote the cult of the Queen and to avoid the squandering of what remained of the monastery’s wealth. The Sacred Art Museum, which occupies much of Arouca’s monastery, was founded in 1933 with the preserved assets by the Royal Brotherhood of Queen Santa Mafalda. This museum is considered one of the finest private museums of religious art in the Iberian Peninsula, bringing together multiple objects of worship, vestments, liturgical manuscripts, furniture and rare pieces of sculpture, painting, tapestry and jewelry.

Access to the point of interest: by car; easy

Terreiro de Santa Mafalda,  Arouca (Aveiro)
4540-108 Arouca
(+351) 256 943 321


Thursday to Sunday: from 9:30 am to 12:00 am and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

Closing day: Monday and holidays 

Guided visits: pre-booking by phone