Legend of the Monastery
As the story goes, the Knights Templar, before leaving Castelo Novo at the hand of a young sergeant, hid the image of the Senhora do Mosteiro (Our Lady of the Monastery) in the trunk of a chestnut tree close to the old monastery. Years later, a shepherd who was walking by this place had a vision of the Lady, which was the image of the Saint hidden in the chestnut tree. That same day, an old pilgrim arrived in the village, who asked the then-alcaide, D. Pedro, to allow him to spend the rest of his days in the monastery. D. Pedro not only granted his request, but he ordered a new monastery to be built in the place were the Saint’s image appeared. That location still exists today: the Chapel of São Brás, at the entrance to the Historical Village.