Idanha-a-Velha Travel Guide

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Idanha-a-Velha Things to Do

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    by Martin_S. Written Jul 26, 2011

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    Nice museum showing various aspects of the history of the village.
    The first photo shows a "hall" that has many stone inscriptions dating from the time when the Romans established the village.
    The second photos shows just one of many dozen inscribed stones that you can see here in the gallery.
    The third photo shows the computer and its screen (there are several) where you can, in one of several languages, be informed of everything from the meaning of a given inscription, to the way it was made, or even how the letters are constructed, VERY NICE.
    The fourth photo shows one more of the inscribed stones.
    Inside the museum is a reconstructed wine press that you can see in the last photo here, which appears to have been made of an entire uprooted tree. Why bother chopping the roots off..

    Museum at Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal Museum at Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal Museum at Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal Museum at Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal Museum at Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal
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    by bambino36 Updated Dec 9, 2004

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    The original cathedral dates from the first times of Cristianity. It was destroyed for five times and restored again for the same number of times, resulting in a fascinating mix of styles: roman, visigothic and manuelin.

    S�� Catedral, Idanha-a-Velha

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    by bambino36 Written Sep 12, 2004

    This bridge, of roman origin, over the Pônsul River, was a very important connection link for the old road between Merida (Emérita Augusta) and Braga (Bracara Augusta).
    It was rebuilt several times during the middle ages and still is used... I wonder what the Romans would say if they saw my Jeep running across it!!!

    Roman Bridge, Idanha-a-Velha

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Idanha-a-Velha Local Customs

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    by Martin_S. Written Jul 26, 2011

    As we toured this small village we noticed that the local people we came across were taking the day in its stride, no hurry, no rush, but time to sit in the shade and share with their friends. So put your shoes out to dry and sit back and enjoy the day.
    We DID see a girl scout troop attempting some sort of building project and their quick movements and frantic activity was so different from all we had seen in the village that they just plain stuck out.

    Idanha-a-Velha, shoes on a line, Portugal Idanha-a-Velha, busy town center, Portugal Idanha-a-Velha, patiently waiting, Portugal Idanha-a-Velha, girl scout project, Portugal
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Idanha-a-Velha Off The Beaten Path

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    by Martin_S. Written Jul 26, 2011

    Walking around the village you may notice small black and white missles wizzing around above your head...well those are swallows, hundreds if not thousands of them. Some were making their home here in Idanha-a-Velha.
    If you look closely at the second photo you will see what looks like a darker patch under the porch, that is an entire line of nests, keep an eye out for them. We were entertained for quite some time with their swift entrance and exits from their nests.

    Swallow's nests, Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal Swallow's nests, Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal Swallow's nests, Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal Swallow's nests, Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal
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Idanha-a-Velha Favorites

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    by Martin_S. Written Jul 26, 2011

    Favorite thing: On our way to the museum we spied this building, no idea what it was, no signs, no explanations. It was only when we picked up a guide booklet at the museum that we saw this was an abandonded cathedral.
    As you can see from the photos, differing from other parts of Portugal, this building, constructed for religious purposes is derilect and empty, most of its finery ripped out and only the shell left standing, although I did find a few frescoes and inscriptions.

    Idanha-a-Velha cathedral, Portugal Idanha-a-Velha cathedral, Portugal Idanha-a-Velha cathedral, Portugal
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    by Martin_S. Written Jul 26, 2011

    Favorite thing: Like many of the villages we have seen in the eastern border towns of Portugal, Idanha-a-Velha seems to be all of stone, stone on stone, stony ground that has grown stony homes.

    The tourist booklet shows the exact house that you see in the first photo along with the shade tree and its stone planter.

    Town center, Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal Stone on stone, Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal Stone and whitewash, Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal Old stone walls, Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal
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