Citania de Santa Luzia, Viana do Castelo

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The Citânia de Santa Luzia (also known as the Old City of Santa Luzia) is an archaeological site of the Castro culture located in the Portuguese civil parish of Areosa in the municipality of Viana do Castelo. Its construction dates from the Iron Age, and it shows evidence of occupation during the Roman period. The Castro was first dug in 1876 by Joaquim Possidonio Narciso da Silva. Only about one third of the structures have been dug, with the remaining part being under or destroyed during the construction of the nearby hotel (1900 - c. 1910), church (1904 - 1943), and respective roads. The site also included a possibly medieval chapel dedicated to Saint Lucy which persisted, after some reconstructions, until 1926 when it was destroyed to give way to the Saint Lucy Church of Miguel Ventura Terra.
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  • This is the ancient town site that proceeded the Roman occupation. A very important parallel display is in the old town at the Casa Niches. Circular structures are the older celtic model, square...  more »
  • Elevated walkways allow you to view the ruins, sadly mined for stones for construction. Outlines of the structures very clear.  more »
  • Was not able to understand much about the place... The majority of the buildings were round and that was interesting, but was not able to understand why. Would be helpful if we could find more information. Was fun to see the sheep :D
  • Super old and super cool. A great piece ir history
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