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Monsanto – Historical Village

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Monsanto – Historical Village
Location
6060- MONSANTO IDN
District:Castelo Branco
County :Idanha-a-Nova
Parish:Monsanto
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Number of inhabitants: 1447

Description of the place: Winner of the contest “Portugal’s most Portuguese Village” that was held during the dictatorship period, Monsanto is still today one of the best kept villages of Beira region. Its granite schist houses are nested in the middle of giant granite blocks, providing them with a quite special flair. Located in the slope of a craggy mountain – Cabeço de Monsanto – at an altitude of 758 m, this village has always been a refuge par excellence, namely since Lusitanian times. Several historical facts related to the castle and the defence of the region took place in this important military square. In present day, some vestiges have remained: the keep, Pião Tower (12th century) and the Church Santa Maria do Castelo. Outside castle’s wall lays 12th and 13th century São Miguel Chapel, which is said to have been built upon a sanctuary dedicated to the Mars cult. In its surroundings, you can still see some graves carved in the rock. In the houses, visitors can contemplate the “marafonas”, dolls made of cloth related to the fertility cult, as well as the typical regional musical instruments called “adufes”. At the foothills of Monsanto, you should also visit the beautiful 13th century Chapel São Pedro de Vir à Corça, erected in one of the most magical places of the region.

Points of interest: Castle (Property with Public Interest); Manor Houses (15th-18th century); ruins of the roman Capela de São Miguel, where there are remains of primitive pagan cults; Capela de Santa Maria; Capela de Espírito Santo; Torre de Lucano; Igreja da Misericórdia (Roman temple); Capela de São Sebastião.

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MORE INFORMATION

Number of inhabitants: 1447

Description of the place: Winner of the contest “Portugal’s most Portuguese Village” that was held during the dictatorship period, Monsanto is still today one of the best kept villages of Beira region. Its granite schist houses are nested in the middle of giant granite blocks, providing them with a quite special flair. Located in the slope of a craggy mountain – Cabeço de Monsanto – at an altitude of 758 m, this village has always been a refuge par excellence, namely since Lusitanian times. Several historical facts related to the castle and the defence of the region took place in this important military square. In present day, some vestiges have remained: the keep, Pião Tower (12th century) and the Church Santa Maria do Castelo. Outside castle’s wall lays 12th and 13th century São Miguel Chapel, which is said to have been built upon a sanctuary dedicated to the Mars cult. In its surroundings, you can still see some graves carved in the rock. In the houses, visitors can contemplate the “marafonas”, dolls made of cloth related to the fertility cult, as well as the typical regional musical instruments called “adufes”. At the foothills of Monsanto, you should also visit the beautiful 13th century Chapel São Pedro de Vir à Corça, erected in one of the most magical places of the region.

Points of interest: Castle (Property with Public Interest); Manor Houses (15th-18th century); ruins of the roman Capela de São Miguel, where there are remains of primitive pagan cults; Capela de Santa Maria; Capela de Espírito Santo; Torre de Lucano; Igreja da Misericórdia (Roman temple); Capela de São Sebastião.

If any of the information is incorrect, please send an email to lifecooler office

Localização
6060- MONSANTO IDN
Distrito:Castelo Branco
County:Idanha-a-Nova
Parish:Monsanto
Contactos


If any of the information is incorrect, please send an email to lifecooler office

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