Aldeias Históricas de Portugal

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Ruins surrounding Santa Maria Church

Idanha-a-Velha

Idanha-a-Velha

Between the church and the wall that surrounds the block are the ruins of important constructions, uncovered by archaeological excavations carried out between the mid-1950s and the early 1970s. Archaeologists conducting this work interpreted these structures as belonging to the Bishops’ residence, built during the Suebi and Visigoth periods. This assessment is controversial, however, since some authors propose that the building that became the Santa Maria Church, commonly known as the See, had a secular origin and could have been part of the Episcopal palace. Others recognise in the ruins traces of churches included in the Episcopal complex. In the later Middle Age, these constructions were buried and this area was a cemetery associated with the Santa Maria Church.