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Idanha-a-Nova

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Dec 16, 2021

Idanha-a-Nova is a municipality in the Beira Baixa, a region of Central Portugal. It includes Monsanto, an ancient fortified village perched on the side of the mountain. The tiny streets are carved from and in the rocks. The houses are squeezed between gigantic boulders. This historical village is often mentioned as the most Portuguese village in the country.

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Monsanto’s red roofs

Idanha-a-Nova (/i.ˈdɐ.ɲɐ ɐ ˈno.vɐ/, ee-DUH-nyuh uh NOH-vuh) has a population of 9,716 (2011). In 2015, the town was added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its music.

Monsanto’s (/mõ.ˈsɐ̃.tu/, mohn-SUHN-too) appearance has not changed in centuries. In 2011, it was home to about 800 people.

At the top of the 122 m (400 ft)-high hill, stands a very old square built fortress or castle, that played an important role in Medieval times; it’s said to have been built by the Templars Grand Master and withstood several battles, including the Napoleonic invasions. The walk up to the castle is rewarded by gorgeous views in the whole region.

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