Tourism in Lisbon is booming and it can get a little bit too crowded sometimes. When it does, don’t hesitate to catch the boat to the other side of the Tagus river and explore Almada. Over there you can find beautiful viewpoints, charming Portuguese streets and up and coming projects such as Casa da Cerca. ⛴ Tell us: Do you ever feel a bit overwhelmed in crowded destinations?
In Vila Nova de Gaia, amongst all the Port Warehouses, where you can taste delicious wines from the Douro Valley until your heart's content, is a place that's a little more holy.
The Convent of Corpus Christi, and the Institute of the Good Shepherd, was founded in 1345 by D. Maria Mendes Petite, a noblewoman.
On a side note, she was also the mother of Pero Coelho, one of those responsible for the murder of D. Inês de Castro. If you're looking for a tragic love story, read about her and King Pedro I.
This convent also goes by the name of, "Mosteiro de São Domingos das Donas de Vila Nova de Gaia," or in English, the Monastery of St Dominic of the Housewives of Vila Nova de Gaia.
I guess back in the 14th century, the local housewives needed a special place to pray for their drunkard husband's. 😄