Festivities to the Saint Patron ? St. Gonçalo
This is a festival which takes place on the first weekend of every June.
St. Gonçalo, Portuguese saint from the 13th century, was dedicated by the people as a matchmaker and his cult is associated to fertility.
In Amarante remains the tradition for unmarried women to hold the saint and ask for a husband.
An annual fair takes place simultaneously, a folk festival, drum contest, bullfighting, livestock competition, camp and fireworks.
The most significant buildings in these rural areas were built in the Middle Ages: the Romanesque churches of Gondar, Lufrei, Freixo de Baixo, the Monastery of Travanca, of Jazente, of Gatão? the best of the Romanesque style in the Iberian Peninsula.
In the city, one may say, the building that stands out is the Monastery of St. Gonçalo, whose church is an essential visiting site to any pilgrim or tourist.
However, the truth is that this historical center gathers a remarkable group of buildings and monuments, with special emphasis on the church of St. Peter and St. Domingos.
The Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum,at the Dominican Convent of St. Gonçalo, was founded in 1947 by Albano Sardoeira in order to bring together materials related to local history and remember artists and writers born in Amarante.
António Carneiro, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Acácio Lino, Manuel Monterroso Paulino António Cabral, Teixeira de Pascoaes, Augusto Casimiro, Alfredo Brochado, Ilídio Sardoeira, Agustina Bessa-Luís, Alexandre Pinheiro Torres.
Wishing to maintain the memory of its initial core and collections, with great emphasis
on archeology, the museum´s primary theme is however, the Portuguese Modern and Contemporary Art, including painting and sculpture.
Besides the permanent exhibit and aiming to fill some gaps, the museum organizes temporary exhibitions in order to promote the 19th and 20th century art.
Thematic or monographic, these temporary exhibits use official collections or show the latest work of artists in the active business.
The museum has a multipurpose room/mini-gallery for small exhibitions (sketching, photography, video, design) and the temporary exhibit room for larger displays.
Every two year the museum organizes Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Award, comprehending various artistic expressions, with two separate distinctions:
one included in the contest and another one of consecration.
The Museum of Sacred Art is the possession of St. Gonçalo parish and is settled at St. Domingos Church. It consists of five themed rooms:
Room of Liturgical Vestments and Implements, Room of Decorative Arts, Painting Room, Imaginary Room of the XVIth and XVIIth century and Imaginary Room of the XIXth century.