"Pelourinho" Sortelha Things to Do Tip by micas_pt

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Pelourinho is an "artefact" that is somewhat commonly found on oldest Portuguese villages. It is a symbol of local power and most times it was used for public executions. This one is no exception. It is situated on Sortelha's main square, by the Castle and just in front of the Municipal Council; also the church faces this square.

It dates back to the 16th century, built in stone, as typical of local architecture, and it holds an eagle on top ? the symbol of this village and its municipal council. Nowadays, there are 3 gargoyles on the pelourinho, but they used to be four; there is also a shield of the King D. João V epoch and a crown (18th century).

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  • Updated May 7, 2004
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