Pousada de Beja, São Francisco
In 1304, during one of the king D. Dinis’s hunts, a fight with a ferocious bear left him between life and death, a prayer was made to S. Luís - Bishop of Tolosa, that if he helped him to free himself from the bear, he would have a chapel built in the S. Francisco convent and dedicate it to the same in praise for the miraculous intervention of this saint who gave him the force to kill the bear which besieged him.
An old Franciscan Convent
The Pousada de Beja, São Francisco, is a hotel right in the centre of the city, in an old XIII century convent, the result of which is a majestic, impressionable architectural work, which represents religious and gothic architecture.
The first registers of the convent date back to 10th November 1268, a date which marks the emergence of the S. Francisco Community in Beja under the initiative of the Captain General Lopo Esteves and the Councillors Diogo Fernandes and Vasco Martins.
Opened in 1994, this historic luxury hotel in Beja has kept the original features of the old building, containing many spacious areas, high ceilings with predominating white walls and decor of local crafts and antiques, giving it a warm welcoming to visitors of the Pousada.
In the old central nave, contemporary art expositions give life to the walls. The hallways, ample and stripped, connect the old monks’ chambers which have been remodelled and transformed into welcoming bedrooms with an inviting view of the pool and garden.
Date of the Building:
Thirteenth Century Convent
Gothic; Manueline; Religious
Lopo Esteves; Diogo Fernandes; Vasco Martins; João Freire de Andrade; D. Filipe III
Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles
Attractions of the Pousada:
The Dining Room in the old refectory of the convent, the old lounge corresponding to the old main church of the convent, the Convent of São Francisco is a property of public interest since 1939
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