Idanha-a-Vehla, Idanha-a-Nova

#2 of 22 in Historic Sites in Castelo Branco District
Historic Walking Area · Tourist Spot
Idanha-a-Velha (Idanha "the old") is a village in the civil parish (freguesia) of Monsanto e Idanha-a-Velha, in the municipality of Idanha-a-Nova (Idanha "the new"), central eastern Portugal, and the site of ancient Egitânia, a former bishopric. It covers an area of 20.98 km² and had a population of 79 as of 2001. It stands in a place where a Roman city located along the Ponsul River once lay, the regional capital of Civitas Igaeditanorum (1st century BC) under the Romans and later the episcopal seat during occupation by the Suebi and Visigoths. It was occupied by Muslims in the 8th century who called it Exitânia and taken back by Christians in the 12th century. It was donated to the Knights Templar in the 13th century and still has traces of different ages that attest to permanent occupation by various civilisations. The Muslim invasion of Iberia in the early eighth century and the subsequent wars of Christian reconquest brought with it a serious setback to the development of the city which once was home for thousands of inhabitants.

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  • Do not buy anything in a local artisan shop. We decided to help the local economy and to buy a set of local products, while we actually wanted to buy a cheese wheel. At home we discovered that the 10....  more »
  • This is a beautiful old village, with a lot of history but it looks quite neglected and forgotten. Still worth going to though. We enjoyed walking through the old streets and looking a the ruins.  more »
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