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Village of warrior monks

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D. Afonso II donated Avis to Fernão Anes, master of the only military order founded in Portugal. The town would later be named after it. In 1211, began the construction of both the castle and the order’s headquarters. Three of the six original towers remain from the fortification, concluded in 1223, as well as a door and part of the wall. From the South Door, you can perfectly see the Queen Tower, on the left side. Most of the convent’s structure remains in Cândido dos Reis square. The church, Poço do Mestre and a small museum are located there. The Medieval Town Hall is located in the square of the main church and the pillory, as well as the house, where to-be King D. João I lived with his mother, according to the tradition. In the surroundings, you can contemplate the peaceful landscapes of Maranhão reservoir. 200m high Avis town is situated in a granite hill, maintaining its former Medieval flair. It is nowadays council’s headquarters, integrating eight civil parishes. Many vestiges testify human presence since Pre-Historic times. Ervedal was the first village to enjoy status, mostly under Roman occupation. However, it started to lose ground to a place later named Avis from the 5th century. From the trig point of Quinta de Santana (228m high), one has a superb panoramic view over the council.


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