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Monsanto, Portugal IV by Tigles1Artistry Monsanto, Portugal IV by Tigles1Artistry
Monsanto means roughly "The Sacred Mount" is where Mel :iconarte-de-junqueiro: and I have been for a few days..
IT IS UNBELIVABLE.... you can check here youtu.be/0dUbImuAM9s?list=PLF7…

HISTORICAL NOTES (Wikipedia)

The earliest traces of man is from Early Stone Age at the time of the ice-ages. Later, Romans settled at the base of the mountain. Also traces from Visigoth in the early Middle Ages and even earlier Arab presence has been found in the area.

In the 12th century, King Afonso Henriques conquered Monsanto from the Moors as part of the Christian recapturing the Iberian Peninsula. In 1165, he granted the custody of the city to a knights' order of the church, first to the Order of Knights Templar, and later to the Order of Santiago. The city was given to the military orders to maintain the reconquested city on Christian hands, and Grand Master the Order of Knights Templar, Gualdim Pais, was manager of the building of the fortress. Later, King Sancho I of Portugal reconstructed and repopulated it after the wars with the Leonese (see Kingdom of León). Unfortunately, the medieval castle was destroyed in the nineteenth century because of an explosion in the ammunition depot of the castle.

The mountain rock is granite, which also the historic and present village is built upon in a fusion of nature and its landforms. This fusion can be seen in the uses of caves and rocks being converted into construction parts.


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JessicaFerossen Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
lindoo '---------------'
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Obrigada......:bow:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Really a fabulous place, thank you for sharing. :cuddle:
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
:iconmyheartplz:
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EvaPolly Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Wow. It really looks impressive :nod:
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Thanks sweetie......:love:
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ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the red tiled roof's and the beautiful granite! Gorgeous photo!
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
:bow::wave::icontardglompplz:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!  So beautiful.  And what an incredible history :jawdrop:
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
:bow::bow::bow:
Thanks dearest :heart:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconflowersplz:
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
looks so peaceful.:heart:
thanks so very much for sharing :heart:
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
It is...:nod::love:
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: looks like it is
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And up close, really rather enchanting! (God forbid though, that one boulder decides to take a roll downward from it's resting place. :lol: *cries* )
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
:giggle::faint:.... for sure.....
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Edited Sep 7, 2014
Wow, I would love to visit this place!  :love:

Once again, amazing story and the village is so well preserved!  I love it! :heart:
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Come over my darling Jocelyne... one day... and I will show you...
It is really well preserved you are right...:nod::iconloveyouplz:
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BoudiccaAmat Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what an amazing place .thank you for allowing us to share your trip.  xx
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Thank YOU for your words...:love::heart:
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ansdesign Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That must have been a wonderful time with lots of romance my dear Teresa! :giggle:
It's a beautiful series of photographs and very interesting to read the links you posted! :nod:
Lots of love!! :love: :heart: :hug: to the both of you!
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Absolutely.... a very special place indeed...
Thanks so much...:heart:
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ansdesign Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It's my pleasure dear friend!! :heart:
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow.
Very romantic.
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Oh YeSSSSSS....
HugSSSSSSS
and
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Giggle Heart Giggle Heart 
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!!
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Thanks dearest ...:iconloveyouplz:
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petrexkgb Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Portugal ftw xD
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Thanks so much......:hug:
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