REHABILITATION OF SANFINS MONASTERY
Universidade Lusíada do Porto
Minho River Valley Romanic Interpretative Centre
Minho river valley's Romanic built patrimony was our base point for this investigative work.
Given its characteristics and importance, we chose toproduce an inventory of all the monuments in order to understand their conservation status, site insertion and the relations among each other. Webelieve it is timely to study the intervention approaches in a Romanicbuilding, in order to safeguard and conserveit, giving it a new function, which, in our case, relates to the creation of a Romanic interpretative centre in the Minho river valley, given the proliferation of constructions from this period along this valley. The recovery of this patrimony can complement the existing tourist offer and boost the great landscape potential. Although the church has had an intervention in the XX century, the adjacent monastery is currently in an advanced state of degradation; but, taking advantage of its location, after an intervention of safeguarding and valorisation, we intend it to assume a determinant role in the invigoration of its close surroundings, with tourism and cultural potential. After we had studied the different programmatic possibilities of intervention - one of which was the interpretation of Romanic architectonic patrimony - we analysed references and charts of the patrimony, the relationship between the existing and the new, and we defined which attitude to follow in our proposal. Within the scope of an intervention in a building of historic and documental value we should assume two distinct realities - the 'new and the 'old', and assure a balance between the continuity and rupture of the building's history. With this work, we were able to assemble Minho river valley's Romanic patrimony in an interpretative centre, presenting a proposal for the re-qualification of one of the monuments, following values and principles of patrimonial intervention.