Friday, October 30, 2009

The Tower Vilar

Rota do Românico No. 6

Torre de Vilar

The Tower Vilar, more than a military construction, is a symbol of the power of the feudal lords over the territory. It is a valuable testimony of the existence of the domus fortis, the fortified stately manor, in the Sousa Valley region. It was most probably built between the second half of the 13th century and the beginning of the 14th century. Accoeding to 1258´s Inquiries, Sante Mary of Vilar was Honour of Sir Gil Martins and his descendents, of the Ribavizela family.

Name: The Tower Vilar
Type: Tower
Classification: Property of Public Interest in 1978
State of Conservation: Good
Time of Activity: From Friday to Sunday from 10h to 13h and from 14h30 to 18h30.
Price of Admission: Free

For explanation on Portuguese please visit official site of Romans ways:
Phone: 255 810 706 / 918 116 488
Fax: 255 810 709

Location: Tower Place, parish of Vilar do Torno and Alentém, Lousada, Oporto, Portugal

How to get there:
If approaching from the north of Portugal through the A28 (Road/ Oporto), the A3 (Valença / Oporto) or A7 (Sabrosa /Oporto) follow the direction of Penafiel (A4) A11 (Esposende / Marco de Canaveses). Exit on Caíde the A11. Follow road trip for the N15 to find the Lixaand follow indication to Tower Vilar.
If coming from downtown or south of the country by the A1 (Lisbon-Oporto) or the A29 (Estarreja / VN Gaia) in Porto between crossing the river Douro through the bridge of the Ash.
From Oporto you may go for A4/IP4 (Vila Real) or A41/A42 (Lousada) that will lead to the A11 following signs of Felgueiras and Amarante, respectively. On the A11 take exit in Caíde and follow the direction of Lixa/Amarante, across the road N15 until you find the indication Vilar Tower.
If you are already in the town of Lousada take the direction of Felgueiras the road N207. Shortly after, turn right to Nogueira, following the signs to RRVS. Do not consider the indication to turn right (Church of Aveleda) and go straight to the destination location of Aparecida.

Geographic Coordinates: Lat: 41 ° 17 '12,082 "N / Long: 8 ° 12' 36,906" W

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