"aldeia da luz" Mourão by quartinb

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This is a sad story

In the name of progress, a dam is being built to develop a region: Alentejo.
in that area there is a small village called "Luz". Luz village will be destroyed and put underwater. it's population will be removed for a new village, leaving behind all their homes, memories and land.
this page is focused on this little village, living this situation that is said to be a benefit to Alentejo. It s a story about lack of power and suppression of a population


as it was the first time we've ever been there. i met some locals, their way of living, and with the village itself. So, during day time, i walked throu the village, the lousa castle, the river and landscapes. By night, we went to the coffee shops: the social meeting point of the village.
most of the men of the village, if not all, spend there great part of the day. by 6 p.m, the coffee shops are almost empty, for dinnertime is near, and people go home. women are more difficult to find there, especially during the night. despite being friendly people, some of the older men are still very conservatives, for they are used to their one world - Aldeia da Luz - and traditions.


most of them lived there all their lives and wanted to die there. and it is what they want.
the river soon will be invading aldeia da luz , and a new aldeia da luz is rising
the happy ending i will tell you about in another chapter o my vt pages

nova aldeia da luz

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:beautifull alentejo village
  • Cons:not there anymore
  • In a nutshell:memories
  • Last visit to Mourão: Jan 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2005 at 2:22 AM

    Yes, the Alentejo is indeed a beautiful part of Portugal, one of my favourites too. This brings back memories of a small community I visited as a child, also now drowned by a hydro dam. Well done Vitor.

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2004 at 2:05 PM

    progress , if can be called that. has it's drawbacks too ;-)))

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2004 at 9:08 AM

    How sad story about the village, that doesn't exist anymore.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2004 at 7:42 AM

    Indeed....a VERY SAD story. I cannot immagine anyone putting my village under water. Surely there must have been another way...but perhaps not enough political clout??

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2004 at 2:48 PM

    As they say in the movies, "Thanks for the memory". Excuse me while I get my handkerchief out.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2004 at 12:04 AM

    amazing B&W intro pic...and those lonely sepia trees,I just fell in love with the place...I like the old traditions ^..^

  • salinhopt's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2004 at 2:20 AM

    Great page Vitor! The memorie of the old Aldeia da Luz will not be forgoten in your pages. Well done! :)

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2003 at 10:33 AM

    No women at night! That's REALLY sad.

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2003 at 11:47 AM

    It is sad but necessary. Lovely pics and great job you did here.

  • irisbe's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2003 at 11:10 PM

    In the name of progress :-( So sad for the people who lived there all their lives. We have a village that needs to go because of the Harbour growing "DOEL", still there but not for long. Sad story and historical pictures!


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