"Idanha-a-Velha Historical Village" Idanha-a-Velha by bambino36
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From the latin Igaeditanea, it changed to the medieval form, Egitânea; this evolved to Eidãia, which later took the current form Idanha.
The village was founded by the romans in the end of the 1st century BC. Located on the right bank of the Ponsul river, it's one of the most ancient villages in Portugal, it was a Civitas seat and an important crossing of the old road from Mérida to Braga.
During the barbarian invasions it was destroyed and later restored by the Visigods. The islam invasion again destroyed it and after the reconquest it was restored several times.
The final desertification occured when a terrible plague of ants, during 100 years, forced the population to leave the village, many of them established in Monsanto and Idanha-a-Nova.
Only the millenarian ruins, melted with the houses, persist to stand up.
Today, it's a small deserted village that keeps a remarkable cultural heritage.
An important building for the industrial archaeology. This press was used to do olive oil. more travel advice
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