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SERPA

HISTORICAL ROUTE

This route helps you discover the classified historical heritage that can be found within the immense ramparts of the beautiful white city. Throughout this route, you will get to know some of the historical, architectural and cultural heritage of Serpa, as well as its museological centres. The duration of the circuit will depend essentially on the time you can spend on this course, since it has many different points of interest. The decision is yours.

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MAIN INFORMATION

• Type: Urban course


• Distance: 2,70km


• GPS coordinates: GPS: 37º 56’26,5’’ N 7.º35’51.7’’W

• Points of interest: Old Misericórdia Church; Santa Maria Church; Castle; Palace of the Counts of Fichalho; Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Church; São Paulo Church; Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church; Clock Tower; Calvário Chapel; Salvador Church; São Roque Chapel; Clocks Museum; Museum of Archaeology; Museum of Ethnography; Musibéria (Centro Internacional de Músicas e Danças do Mundo Ibérico/ International Centre for Music and Dance of the Iberian World)

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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Starting from the Municipal Garden, this course leads you to discover the main points of interest within Serpa’s ramparts.
 

The first fortification worthy of that name was erected under Islamic rule, some sections using military taipa (rammed earth). The vicissitudes of the reconquest of the city by the Christians, finally achieved only on the second attempt, left marks of destruction that lasted until peace was definitely settled, with the new kingdom. It wasn’t until the reign of King Dinis, in 1295, that the crown finally

ordered a great remodelling of the majestic ramparts of this city, so important to the protection of the territory of the left bank of the Guadiana.

 

Along this route, that can be as long as you wish, you will have the opportunity to discover the rich heritage (architectural, historical-cultural) inside and around the ramparts, where we suggest a visit to the various museums.

Along this route, that can be as long as you wish, you will have the opportunity to discover the rich heritage (architectural, historical-cultural) inside and around the ramparts, where we suggest a visit to the various museums.

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