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En un alto peascal, donde la geografa y el clima marcan la transicin entre el Norte y el Sur, la "aldea ms portuguesa de Portugal" conserva intactas las profundas races de su cultura.

Se cuenta que la poblacin resisti desde este baluarte, durante 7 aos, al cerco impuesto por los romanos en el siglo II a. C., hazaa que marca el origen de la Fiesta de las Cruces, que la aldea conmemora todos los aos el 3 de Mayo.

En el siglo XII, D. Afonso Henriques don la poblacin, conquistada a los Moros, a la Orden de los Templarios, y su Mestre en Portugal, Gualdim Pais, orden reconstruir el castillo. La aldea ofrece uno de los paisajes humanos ms interesantes que se puedan encontrar en Portugal. El aglomerado de casas se extiende cuesta arriba, aprovechando pedruscos de granito para sus paredes y, en algunos casos, un nico bloque de piedra forma el tejado, razn por la que aqu se dice que las casas son de "una sola teja".

Algunas casas solariegas blasonadas, portales manuelinos, la casa donde vivi y ejerci clnica el mdico y escritor Fernando Namora, que aqu se inspir para su novela "Retalhos da Vida de um Mdico", aaden inters al paseo por las callejuelas inclinadas. Entre las casas sobresale la Torre de Lucano (siglo XIV) rematada por un gallo de plata, trofeo atribuido a Monsanto en un concurso celebrado en 1938, en el que fue distinguida como la aldea ms portuguesa de Portugal.

La difcil subida hasta el castillo se ve compensada por uno de los ms espectaculares miradores de la regin. En este baluarte de guerra se sepultaban, en rocas excavadas, los valerosos caballeros en tiempos de la Reconquista Cristiana.
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In a high Peascales, where the geography and climate make the transition between North and South, the "most Portuguese village of Portugal" keeps intact the deep roots of their culture.

It is said that since the population resisted this bulwark, for 7 years, the siege imposed by the Romans in the second century a. C., a feat that marks the origin of the Feast of the Cross, which commemorates the village each year on May 3.

In the twelfth century, D. Afonso Henriques donated the population, conquered the Moors, to the Order of the Templars, and Mestre in Portugal, Gualdim Pais, ordered to rebuild the castle. The village offers one of the most interesting human landscapes that can be found in Portugal. The crowded home runs uphill, drawing pedruscos for its granite walls and in some cases, a single block of stone form the roof, which is why it is said here that the houses are "one tile."

Some homes emblazoned, Manueline portals, the house where he lived and practiced clinical physician and writer Fernando Namora, which drew inspiration here for his novel "Life of da Retalhos Medical um," added interest to walk through the narrow streets inclined. Among the houses stands the Tower of Lucan (XIV century) topped by a rooster silver trophy awarded to Monsanto in a competition held in 1938, which was distinguished as the most Portuguese village of Portugal.

The difficult climb up the castle is offset by one of the most spectacular lookouts in the region. In this bastion of war were buried in rocks excavated, the brave knights in times of the Christian reconquest.

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