Hiking in Póvoa de Lanhoso (Póvoa de Lanhoso)
It was in May 1846 that in Póvoa de Lanhoso, broke the popular uprising against the government of Costa Cabral, caused by the great discontent of the population by the new laws of military recruitment, by tax changes and the prohibition of burials in churches. An irreverent woman has taken an active and prominent role in this great revolution, which became known by the name of Maria da Fonte. It was in the land of Maria da Fonte that I made this little walk, enjoying a sunny day in this “Minho” region. Starting at “Av. da República”, next to City Hall, I followed towards the “Largo Barbosa e Castro” and found at the roundabout the statue of this heroine.
It was in the land of Maria da Fonte that I made this little walk, enjoying a sunny day in this “Minho” region.
In the other side of the small canal where the “Ave” River waters proceed smoothly, I begin to climb the village streets to the monument in honor of “Nossa Senhora de Fátima”. “It was a lady brighter than the sun” can be read in a circle sculpture that celebrates the apparitions to the three shepherd children.
From this point the eyes reach “Monte do Pilar”, the largest granite monolith in the country, where stands the Castle of Lanhoso, since the twelfth century, and the Sanctuary of “Nossa Senhora do Pilar”. Unfortunately I can’t gather the necessary conditions to visit it this time, so I’ll wait for the next opportunity.
I went down to “Pontido” Park and finish the walk with the strong desire to return to this region, to discover more of the natural heritage of Póvoa de Lanhoso.
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