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City of fairs and monuments

Located on the right bank of Cávado river, Barcelos was an unknown village until 1140, when D. Afonso Henriques granted it the “foral” (Royal document). In 1298, D. Dinis created Barcelos county by appointing his first Count D. João Afonso Telo de Menezes. In 1515, D. Manuel issued a new “foral” for the city that became a duchy in 1572. Throughout the centuries, Barcelos became a great county and an important trade centre, dominated by the weekly fair that dates back to the Middle Ages. It takes place every Thursday at the heart of the city’s centre, known as “Campo da Feira”, the biggest one in Minho region. It is definetly a must-see show. Whether in Barcelos, or in the surrounding villages, we can admire the famous figurative pottery of Barcelos, a live colourful testimony of the popular northern soul. The famous Barcelos rooster (“Galo de Barcelos”) is only one of many examples. During the 18th century, the city surpassed the wall perimeter, combining, however, its Medieval structure with baroque constructions. It preserves an important historical centre, dominated by Paço dos Duques, the main church Igreja Matriz and Manor House Solar dos Pinheiros. The centre also includes the pillory and the bridge, along with the square Largo do Apoio, a zone of Medieval characteristics, where the Carmonas House with its 13th century tower is located.These zones and buildings are worth visiting, because of their authenticity, ambiance and good preservation state. Barcelos was one of the pilgrimage routes of St. James’ Way. Barcelos means “small boat”, located in the middle of Alto Minho and Santiago de Compostela. It is a land of feasts and processions. The most significant of them is the Crosses’ Feast, a great procession of Minho region that takes place in May.


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