Photographer's Note

Alter do Cho is a peaceful small village in the heart of the vast Alentejo region, with quite ancient origins, where peace of mind is present at every corner.

Supposedly, Alter do Cho was a Roman settlement named Abelterium, founded over another previous settlement from the Iron Age. Albeterium would have been crossed by one of the three main Roman roads that linked Lisboa to Mrida. From this roman period of occupation there are several vestiges in the region, the most important ones are the Ruins of the Thermal complex just by the entrance of Alter do Cho.

Nevertheless, Alter do Cho is mainly famous for its Coudelaria (a big farm where racehorses are bred), founded in 1748 by King D. Joo the 5th, in order to breed the Lusitano horse for the Royal horsemanship. The Lusitano is an ancient Portuguese breed of horse, with ancient origins, developed for use in war, dressage and bull fighting.
Nowadays the Coudelaria de Alter houses several features like the Professional Agricultural School, the Equestrian Art Portuguese School and a campus of the vora university, among many other features.

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