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REGUENGOS DE MONSARAZ

Wine, dinner sets and heritage

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Wine and decorated dinner sets are the greatest highlights of this council of Alentejo region. Monsaraz citadel is the jewel of local heritage. Some dolmens are among the must-see monuments. Alqueva reservoir is located in its immediate surroundings. Reguengos de Monsaraz is council’s headquarters, including five civil parishes. It is delimited by Guadiana river in the southwest. In terms of handicraft, the main activities are weaving; mainly the typical Reguengos bedspreads with its characteristic drawing and S. Pedro do Corval ceramics. Monsaraz is the oldest towns of Reguengos council, preserving the former features of a fortified hill. The whole town is surrounded by walls, which have limited its expansion. The castle is set in the opposite extreme of Porta da Vila (Town Door) and has an octagonal plan. Towns’ streets are structured according to perpendicular axis, which was quite uncommon in the Middle Age urban areas. The main church dates back to the end of the 15th century and is one of the few examples or Neo-Gothic architecture in Portugal.

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