Sortelha – Places to visit pt.2

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7. Casa dos Falcões

Some of the stone houses offer the Sortelha its medieval atmosphere when we walk through its broad and narrow streets since some are of special importance.

This is the case of Casa dos Falcões, Casa Manuelina, House of the Governor, House of the House and Chain, Casa Árabe, the so-called House Number One, and the Parish or Passal Residence, among numerous manor houses and manor houses that also deserve a watchful eye.

8. House number 1

Presumably dates from the 13th century, dating back to a medieval fortress and the fact that it belonged to the Ferreira Ferraz, former alcaides of Sortelha. Although the building does not have any proven medieval element, its possible construction corresponds to the 16th-18th centuries.

9. Steps of the Sacred Way

In the eighteenth century, more specifically in 1742, steps of the Via Sacra were built with decorative motifs of Baroque influence: niche of a straight lintel, crowning with scrolls, rosettes, triangles and lintel protruding, very similar to a cornice.


10. Anthropomorphic graves

Around the two Sortelha churches, especially in the Misericórdia Church, outside the doors, there are still abundant vestiges of graves carved out of the rock.

The adros were, during many centuries, privileged places of burial of the dead. It was a common practice that attests to the antiquity of these temples.

11. Parish Residency

The building that was a parish residence, located in Rua Direita, is one of the best properties in the village. It has a quadrangular floor plan, with two floors. Date of birth XVI, underwent remodeling in 1756, according to the date engraved on the lintel of the main door.

On top of this, a composition features a pearly cross and a Maltese Cross, because one of the vicars was Commander of the Order of Malta.

12. Cabeça da Velha

In this region of rugged terrain and sparse vegetation, bizarre granite formations abound, modeled by natural erosive agents (wind and rain), and acquire curious physiognomies of fancy connotations that decorate and brighten the scenery surrounding Sortelha.

Many of them have several suggestive place-names associated with them and even some legends. In Sortelha stands the well-known Head of the Old one, by its physiognomy that resembles a face aged by the age.

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