A Cidadela

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A Cidadela Aug 25, 2010
Many people don't visit Portugal; of those who do, many never get to the remote province of Tras os Montes; of those who do, some stick with the railway and don't reach Bragan├ža; of those who do, I imagine all will be drawn to what looks like a separate small fortified town above. This is A Cidadela.

There is a castle here which belonged to the last royal family of Portugal, although it was never their principal castle in spite of their name coming from Bragan├ža. There is also a restaurant which is terrific - but not if you are trying to ose weight!

However there are two features that make the place for me. The first concerns a pelourinho (pillory). This would be interesting enough in itself but it surely must be uniqe in rising from the back of a prehistoric pig!

The other is what is called the Domus Municipalis. This is a Romanesque (called Roman in Iberian languages - in England we call architecture with rounded arches of the 12th century and around Romanesque) pentagonal building. Its original purpose, when built in the 12th century, is uncertain but in the 14th century it became a council chamber. Secular buildings of this period are very rare in Europe and I have certainly not seen anything like it anywhere else.

It was early evening when I was there and the light was hopeless for a photo of the pelourinho but I am putting one of the Domus Municipalis.
Domus Municipalis
Torre de Menagem, Cidadela
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