My home town
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Nested around the church, Turquel was in the middle ages a small town, loosing importance and dimension in the last centuries, until becoming a village. After the revolution of 1974, Turquel started growing again, recovering the status of "vila", which means small town, and reaching a balance that mixes the resources of towns with the quiet and healthy rural life.
So, Turquel is no longer a village, but it is not yet a real town.
Slowly, Turquel is changing. Blocks of apartments replace the old family houses, cars invade all possible spaces, and services replace the old work in agriculture.
Although rocky, Turquel is fertile. Sheltered by the shadows of laurels, a path descends to "Fonte da Vila" and its pleasant valley. Strolling in these valleys is a relaxing and healthy way to enjoy nature.
The traditions are fading, the authenticity is vanishing, all replaced by an uncharacteristic look. But, anytime the old images appear, the nostalgia forces the question: Is this real progress?
Meanwhile, the recent crisis, stopping the boom, seem to confirm my doubts...
For centuries the symbol of justice and authority was the pillory, that most cities preserve as references from their past. Turquel is no exception, and in the central place the pillory stands in evidence as our main monument.