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Situated on the green area of the castle, overlooking the city, there's the six metre tall pillory, which is one of the most antique in the country.

The pillory, a symbol of the village's power and autonomy, was used to punish outlaws in medieval epoch. What is most interesting in this pillory - a common artifact in Portuguese villages from the medieval days - is the figure that stands at its bottom. This figure represents a "berrão" (Portuguese word, don't know the meaning in English, actually not even in Portuguese, had to check what that meant!!) which is a pre-historical (Celtic) idol similar to a pig and its cult it's typical of this area of the country. They call it "Porca da Vila", which may be translated as "Village's Pig (feminine pig)". Besides this figure, the pillory is also decorated with the coat of arms of Bragança.

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  • Updated Jan 13, 2010
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