Cernache is a small parish in the historic municipality of Coimbra, which we find in the 9th stage of the Portuguese Way.
This area, in the surroundings of the centre of Coimbra, is a historical area due to its importance in the advance of the conquest of the Kingdom of Portugal against the Muslims in the Middle Ages. The environment agglutinates references and vestiges of the different cultures that populated these lands.
what to see and do in cernache
Roman remains of Conímbriga
They are the best preserved Roman ruins in Portugal, constituting one of the most important sites in the Iberian Peninsula. The remains that we find tell the story of a city that was divided by a wall, erected quickly to defend itself from enemy attacks.
The ruins are very extensive. On the one hand we can see the domestic character through mosaics, fountains, baths, etc., and on the other hand the overcooked wall that divides the buildings that are closer to it.
The visit, which costs around 4€, includes the entrance to the monographic museum where you can learn a little more about the history of Conímbriga.
Quinta dos Condes de Esperança
It represents the old entrance to the village of Cernache, crowned by a Romanesque tower. It was acquired by the Society of Jesus and currently functions as a school.
Parish Church of Cernache
Originally, it is a small chapel small chapel in Romanesque style that will undergo several remodelling and enlargements in Renaissance style.
Moinho das Lapas Museum
Of the 72 mills that were located in this territory in the past, this is the only one that remains. For this reason, its construction and surroundings have become a museum.