The Paço de Giela is a remarkable example of medieval and modern private civil architecture, considered one of the most important National Monuments, thus classified in 1910.
Its origin is deeply linked to the formation of the important "Terra de Valdevez". The building of Giela's "tower house" marks a new moment of protection and dominion over the region, highlighting the building for its profound originality and importance. At the moment the medieval tower is visible as well as the residential body, with "Manueline" windows and fortified entrance, mostly built in the 16th century. The tower was built in the mid-14th century, replacing a small abandoned tower in the 11th century, and corresponding to a period of occupation of strong medieval influence and vigor of the castles.
Once acquired by the building, it is now fully recovered, through an innovative rehabilitation project that respects the importance, history and current functional needs. The tower is the element that integrates a museum space, incorporating three floors dedicated, respectively, to the Archeology and human occupation of the county during the last millennia, to the evolution and history of the monument itself, as well as to the important moment linked to the formation of Portugal, the denominated "Recontro de Valdevez", happened in 1141, and that it opposed Afonso Henriques to its cousin Afonso VII of Leon and Castile.
For all these reasons, the Paço de Giela is a must visit place in the county and in the region, providing unique moments of contact between the Past and the new models of approach and recovery / valuation of assets.