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CASTELO DE VIDE

A garden of Alentejo region

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Known as Sintra of Alentejo region for its surrounding lavish vegetation, Castelo de Vide town is situated in the hill of S. Mamede mountain range. It is council’s headquarters, comprising four civil parishes. Castelo de Vide became a town under the ruling period of D. Dinis, who ordered the castle’s reconstruction in 1299. From that time on, the town was called “Castelo de Vide”, replacing its former designation Vila de Vide. In the council’s headquarters, you cannot miss the keep, the Jewish quarter (Synagogue, town’s fountain), 18th century S. Roque Forte and its 24 churches and chapels. If you want to have a glimpse of the most ancient zone of Castelo de Vide, for instance, you can walk along the castle’s ruins, or the streets Maria de Cima and Maria de Baixo, where several houses with Gothic and Manueline portals can be seen. As described in The Portugal Guide, written by Raúl Proença, “This town is filled with picturesque spots, slopes and staircases, narrow streets, uneven alignments, tiny hatches and windows over small Medieval doors.” The former Jewish quarter can be reached through the Castle’s Door. From 1450, Castelo de Vide attracted more inhabitants, namely Jewish merchants and artisans, expelled from Spain by the Catholic Kings, Fernando and Isabel. Their presence has developed this town, by stimulating businesses of shoemaking, weaving and carding, for example. Some of them were distinguished physicians like Master Jorge and botanical researcher Garcia de Orta.

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