The Monastery of Leça do Balio, headquarters of the Livraria Lello Foundation, stands as a vibrant link between the past and the future. Nestled on the banks of the Leça River, this national monument has roots dating back to the Roman Era, holding a pivotal role in Portugal's rich history. Today, it plays a crucial part in the Foundation's ambitious mission: empowering people to read the world.

With over two thousand years of historical significance, the site reveals traces from the Roman Era, including an altar dedicated to the god Jupiter.

Archs of the Monastery of Leça do Balio's Cloister

Dona Teresa donated it to the Order of the Knights of St. John, bestowing upon the Monastery a crucial role in Portuguese history.

It served as the venue for the royal wedding of D. Fernando and D. Leonor Teles and the refuge of D. Miguel during the Siege of Porto.

Statue of D. Fernando and D. Leonor Teles in front of the church
Monastery of Leça do Balio Cloister

The 14th-century Gothic construction, now restored, has held the status of a National Monument since 1910.

Acquired by Lionesa Group in 2016, the Monastery underwent a restoration led by architects Álvaro Siza Vieira and Sidónio Pardal.

Monastery of Leça do Balio room

The Monastery now serves as the headquarters of the Livraria Lello Foundation, featuring an exhibition space, an auditorium, a gastronomy area, and a garden.

Once forgotten, the Monastery has transformed into a center of cultural rebirth, integrating spirituality into a 21st-century artistic expression. From this basis, the Livraria Lello Foundation embarks on its bold mission.