Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal

Idanha-a-Nova

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The borough of Idanha-a-Nova counts 17 villages and has a very wide territory which makes it the second largest borough of Portugal. 

Its historical origins are not really known, but it is thought that the construction of the castle, in 1187, by Gualdim Paes, Master of the temple, involved its urban development.

In 1206, D. Sancho I, allotted the title of city to Idanha a Nova and named it like that o distinguish it from Idanha-a-Velha (Idanha the old). The administration of the city was entrusted to the knights of the temple.

Thanks to its fertile countryside it was famous and attracted many farmers who could make there grow various species like tobacco, tomatoes, corn…

In addition, an aspect which does not pass unperceived is that the traditional city and the modern city cohabit perfectly in Idanha-have-Nova.

From the Matriz church, the palace of Palmeiras, the church of the Mercy, the white and gold painted houses, to the modern Raiano Arts centre, the public library, the superior school of management, the swimming pools, the medical center… the city fathers a very rich ensemble.

Every second Sunday after Easter, we celebrate Senhora C Almortão with all the population of the borough and the surrounding. It is a festival not to be missed if one passes close to Idanha has Nova at this period.