Things to Do in Trancoso

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  • Fairtrav
    Singapore, Singapore231 contributions
    The 4 stars is for the quaint, historical town within the fortified city walls and the stunning view of the battlefield from the top of the castle tower. Trancoso town is pretty with its flower-bordered alleys and streets.

    The castle itself I will rate 3 stars as only the walls and the keep are still standing. They are well preserved, though, and you can climb to the ramparts to have a bit of a walk around. Entry is free and there is a tourist information centre within the castle grounds. A modern structure with stairs is the way to get to the top of the tower. From there, you will be greeted with wonderful views of the wide, open fields with gentle, sloping hills where battles were fought throughout the more than one millennia history of this castle!

    We spent around an hour and a half in Trancoso, just wandering around taking in the atmosphere. Nice outing.
    Written October 3, 2021
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  • Temper43 - Alfredo
    Panama City, Panama1,287 contributions
    the amazing story of Bandarra is the important thing of the site, as part of the Jewish Quarter of Trancoso, worthwhile visiting here to know about his story and also of the Jewish community of the village. Loved it.
    Written August 3, 2020
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  • hans-jaguar
    Santa Comba Dao, Portugal21,171 contributions
    This building is just in front of the “Casa do Bandarra”, you can jump from the Bandarra house into the Interpretation centre. We did not take any attention of the building as it is a very modern construction, and we are looking only for historical buildings, but were surprised when we asked the lady at the desk in the Bandarra house, and she told us it´s just in front, and I personally will enter with you to explain everything during the visit, when this was not happened we never had made the visit. The Interpretation Centre is located almost in the middle of the medieval fortified village, in an area once referred as the Jewish quarter of Trancoso. They have started the construction from a ruined allotment, the aim was to re-erect a building that reinforces the corner geometry, displaying an acute angle on the intersection of two narrow streets, and establishing a symbolic gesture in the context of Jewish urban culture. On the inside it is sober but more than worth the visit, certainly for persons who like to know more about the Jewish Culture, we were very happy with the explanation of the lady from the Bandarra house, very recommendable, the two locations as well as the lady, once again thanks.
    Written July 29, 2018
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  • hans-jaguar
    Santa Comba Dao, Portugal21,171 contributions
    Depending from which direction you will arrive in Trancoso, it is good possible that you arrive from this side and that you can find a parking for the car just in front of this gate, called the “Portas D´El Rei”. This is the main entrance to the walled enclosure that surrounds the city, located in the southern part, between two threatened towers. On the outside, they have a bow drawn down and, on the inside, a bow in the ogive. Highlight for the shield of the city, in stone. Massive building when you are standing in front of it.
    Written August 9, 2018
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  • hans-jaguar
    Santa Comba Dao, Portugal21,171 contributions
    This Pillory as we do have in most of the villages was been erected upon the attribution of the Foral Novo by D. Manuel I and this in the year 1510, it corresponds to a cage pillory crowned with an armillary sphere, surmounted by a cross, and resting on an octagonal column of octagonal capital. Symbol of municipal authority, justice and autonomy, this Pillory you can find in the main public space of the village, which is here in Trancoso, in the churchyard of the S. Pedro church. The Pillory has been classified as a National Monument since 1910.
    Written August 10, 2018
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  • Temper43 - Alfredo
    Panama City, Panama1,287 contributions
    very nice jewish quarter worth walking along the narrow streets and follow the signs to the Jewish Center, the Bandarra Museum, go for it.
    Written August 3, 2020
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  • hans-jaguar
    Santa Comba Dao, Portugal21,171 contributions
    When walking into the historical centre of Trancoso, and you have the intention to eat something local, than you have to look for the restaurant “São Marcos”. And when you arrive at the restaurant, on the same side but a few houses further you have the house of the Black Cat. This house also known as the home of the Lion of Judah, seems to be one of the greatest legacies of the Jewish material heritage of Trancoso. Characterizing for this house are the elements carved in the main facade, which some authors translate as being: the gates of Jerusalem, a pelican, four faces, a laziness or the figure of a Jew entering the synagogue and the lion of Judah. The provenance of these elements is unknown. Nevertheless they would only be affixed there in the middle of century XIX, after the end of the activity of the Inquisition in Portugal.
    Written August 4, 2018
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  • Gonen2014
    Haifa, Israel3,921 contributions
    Goncalo Anes Bandarra, who was a modest shoemaker, lived in Trancoso in the 16th century. He used to write poems and spread messianic prophecies in which he predicted the end of the world. He was arrested, tried and punished. Bandarra died in Trancoso in 1556 and his grave is in St. Peter's Church. Later he was recognized as a prophet and became the most famous figure in Trancoso. An amazing story!
    Written July 11, 2019
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  • hans-jaguar
    Santa Comba Dao, Portugal21,171 contributions
    Next to the church and the pillory you can see a property composed out of two floors and with different roofs with roof of three waters. The main façade is framed by two pilasters, among which are developed eight full arches. It is believed that the original building dates from the 17th century, while the current building dates from the eighteenth century. Nice to see while passing by on your way to the castle. You also have a restaurant at the casa dos Arcos listening to the same name.
    Written August 6, 2018
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  • hans-jaguar
    Santa Comba Dao, Portugal21,171 contributions
    In the centre of Trancoso you have the “Igreja Matriz of Santa Maria”.
    This temple is being built into the 19th century, more exactly into the year 1784, and this by order of the Bishop and this on a private hermitage in the same vocation who dated from the year 1171. This church obeyed the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria de Oliveira, in the city of Guimarães. In this church was the deposit of one of the Counts of Povolide. And when you are going in from the church to the market place, just in front on the left side you have a plan carved into the flooring, who is showing you the map of all the points of interest of the city. Nice to see and if you take a picture of it you are not in need of a plan to see it all.
    Written August 2, 2018
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  • Gonen2014
    Haifa, Israel3,921 contributions
    The Church of San Pedro is the most important church in Trancoso. The church, representing the late Baroque period, is located in the Historical center of Trancoso, behind the Pelourinho. in the church one can see Bandarra's 'grave'.
    Written July 11, 2019
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  • hans-jaguar
    Santa Comba Dao, Portugal21,171 contributions
    This church is at only a few steps away from the “Igreja de São Pedro”, this next to Largo do “Pelourinho”. This church is from a more recent construction than the other church namely the “Igreja Matriz de Santa Maria”. This one will go back to the 18th century and in a late Baroque style. The temple is composed of two bodies and the main focus of attention is a retablo on the inside. This church was probably built between the years 1747 and 1792. In the year 1860, a pharmacy was installed in the “Casa do Despacho” building.
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    Written August 3, 2018
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  • hans-jaguar
    Santa Comba Dao, Portugal21,171 contributions
    On a few km from the village of Trancoso, you have the small hamlet of Moreira de rei, who has a great history who starts into the 10th century, here you can see ruins of the castle, going back to the 18th century but some historians are referring the existence of buildings who are previous to the Moorish conquest in the 10th century. They also are mentioning that “Moreira do Rei” owns its name to D. Sancho II who was installed here before leaving in exile in Toledo. The castle was placed at 800 meters high and was surrounded by cliffs and rocks, but today only a few traces are left over from thei fortress. But never mind, you still have the “Pre – Roman” church “ Igreja de Santa Marinha”, and the “Capela do Divino Espírito Santo” which is surrounded by ancient graves who have been carved in the rocks, very special place to visit, and very interesting for persons interested in history.
    Written August 6, 2019
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  • hans-jaguar
    Santa Comba Dao, Portugal21,171 contributions
    By entering the historical centre of Trancoso the Ducal Palace is more or less one of the most imposing buildings in Trancoso. The Palace has being built during the 18th century, and had to serve as the “Viscounts” residence, despite the name. On the façade stands the coat of arms of the Costa, Lopes and Tavares family. On this moment the building is nothing more than a ruin, and is desperately in need of a serious renovation. When you are in the castle of Trancoso and you are going into the tower, you are able to see the top of the Palace.
    Written August 7, 2018
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