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History and Heritage of Vila Nova de Foz Côa  

Vila Nova de Foz Côa is situated in the North- East part of Portugal, on the banks of the Douro and Côa rivers, near the Spanish border. Landscape is magnificent, mixing wild and humanized portraits. From the deep valleys emerges the strongness and hardness of the schist stone, which extraction is the main industrial activity in the region. Agriculture activities are mainly directed to the production of almonds, olive oil and wine. These products are well known for their extreme quality and unique flavour. A significant part of the Port wine is produced here and some of the Portuguese most celebrated table wines as "Douro" wines, are also produced in this region.

Vila Nova de Foz Côa is well known due to the pre-historical art site, since 1998 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, other significant heritage can be found in this region. From the Calcolithic and the Bronze Ages important archaeological sites are being researched during the last decades and it is now possible to know that human presence in the region was constant and considerable. Iron Age testimonies were also discovered and the Roman presence is documented in roads and bridges that until today remain as part of the landscape.

Vila Nova de Foz Côa is well known due to the pre-historical art site, since 1998 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, other significant heritage can be found in this region. From the Calcolithic and the Bronze Ages important archaeological sites are being researched during the last decades and it is now possible to know that human presence in the region was constant and considerable. Iron Age testimonies were also discovered and the Roman presence is documented in roads and bridges that until today remain as part of the landscape.

Vila Nova de Foz Côa is well known due to the pre-historical art site, since 1998 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, other significant heritage can be found in this region. From the Calcolithic and the Bronze Ages important archaeological sites are being researched during the last decades and it is now possible to know that human presence in the region was constant and considerable. Iron Age testimonies were also discovered and the Roman presence is documented in roads and bridges that until today remain as part of the landscape.Other important pieces of heritage are the sculptures and churches from the Manuelino period, a kind of art from the maritime discoveries epoch. This very particular form of art, dating the 16th century, can be found in Vila Nova de Foz Côa cathedral but also in the small villages of the surroundings. As well, the Baroque period is documented in some of the buildings of the region.

Finally, Vila Nova de Foz Côa is very rich in terms of non-tangible heritage. Non-written traditions that remained, recipes that are transmitted between generations, ways of doing things that only make sense for those who understand the “code”, legends and folklore are present everywhere. Local museums undertook anthropological research on these evidences that are as important as material objects.

 

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Archaeologic site of Castelo Velho Village of Almendra River DouroRiver Douro Archaeologic site of Penascosa Village of Muxagata Village of Sebadelhe Farm and Museum of Ervamoira River Côa Village of Freixo de NumãoArchaeologic site of PrazoArchaeologic site of Rumansil Village of Numão Farm of VesúvioCity of Vila Nova de Foz Côa Village of Pocinho

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Last update
09-Apr-08

City Hall

City Hall

Rock engraving of an aurochs

Rock engraving of an aurochs

Roman villa at Prazo

Roman villa at Prazo

Cathedral of Freixo de Numão

Cathedral of Freixo de Numão

Cathedral of Almendra

Cathedral of Almendra

Facade's detail of the Cathedral of Vila Nova de Foz Côa

Facade's detail of the Cathedral of Vila Nova de Foz Côa

Castle of Numão

Castle of Numão

House made of slate at Muxagata

House made of slate at Muxagata

Fountain with arms engraving at Sebadelhe

Fountain with arms engraving at Sebadelhe

 

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