Bernardas Convent

Convento das Bernardas in Tavira

Eduardo Souto de Moura, Luis Ferreira Alves · Bernardas Convent
Luis Ferreira Alves

In a privileged location facing the Ria Formosa marsh, the Bernardas Convent basks in the unrivalled light of this natural treasure. A few metres away, the Roman bridge over the River Gilão lends even greater depth to the building’s historical value.

Eduardo Souto de Moura, Luis Ferreira Alves · Bernardas Convent
Luis Ferreira Alves

Renowned architect Eduardo Souto Moura took up the gauntlet thrown down by the firm Entreposto, Gestão Imobiliária to convert a historical monument into a dwelling, as has been happening in other European countries.

Eduardo Souto de Moura, Luis Ferreira Alves · Bernardas Convent
Luis Ferreira Alves

The 78 villas range in size from studios to three bedrooms. High quality building materials, contemporary comfort and carefully-studied design are combined with the most innovative systems in telecommunications; this is the first complex in the Algarve to be equipped with a fibre optic system for television, voice communications and Internet.
Modern-day facilities and services offered by the Bernardas Convent include two saltwater swimming pools with Finnish overflow, video surveillance, doorman, a room for the joint-ownership and a museum.

Eduardo Souto de Moura, Luis Ferreira Alves · Bernardas Convent
Luis Ferreira Alves

The most visible aspect of this bold undertaking is the recuperation of the structure, maintaining the Manueline-Gothic portal and the original lines of the façade.
Standing over the Ria Formosa and the mouth of the River Gilão, the Bernardas Convent affords a unique view over the centuries-old Tavira saltpans. It’s the perfect home in which to rub shoulders with five centuries of history.

Eduardo Souto de Moura, Luis Ferreira Alves · Bernardas Convent
Luis Ferreira Alves

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