Aldeias Históricas de Portugal

Villages

South Gate and Postern

Idanha-a-Velha

Idanha-a-Velha

This stretch of wall and gate were reconstructed at the end of the 1960s, where it was assumed at the time that there had been a Roman gate known as the Ponsul Gate or South Gate. However, later archaeological excavations carried out here showed that in the later Roman period there was no gate. There was, rather, a postern, allowing access exclusively to pedestrians. From here there is a walkway that goes down to the river, which is crossed by means of stepping stones that are made from repurposed Roman ashlar blocks. A little ahead, on the other bank, a spring called Arco d’ El-Rei, supplied the village with drinking water in the 17th and 18th centuries. This is built in granite ashlar stone and has a semi-circular arch opening that had an embedded shield with royal coat of arms, today in a state of imminent ruin.