Ponte de Lima Camino de Santiago posted: 2014-09-25 08:38:00
A short History
In 1143, the kingdom of "Portucale" was born when Alfonso Henriques established the kingdom of Portugal by way of the Treaty of Zamora and became its first king. For those walking the Camino along the Portuguese Way, you will be able to see a significant amount of present day Portugal. Given its relative proximity to Santiago de Compostela, it’s not surprising that a route from Lisbon to Santiago called the Portuguese Way became a popular choice for Portuguese pilgrims. The Camino Portugues allows you to experience some of the most unique cultural and culinary treats of Portugal’s past and present. Ponte de Lima is one of the many interesting stops along the Camino Portugues, located on section 4.
Ponte de Lima
Ponte de Lima is one of the oldest towns in Portugal, established on the 4th of March 1125. Ponte de Lima survives to this day and makes for a great place to stop for those walking the Camino de Santiago. In 1125, Teresa (Countess of Portugal and Alfonso Henriques' mother), recognized Ponte de Lima as an important town. This was for both its economy and its strategic location.
The crossing of the river at Ponte de Lima was an important route for development of the area. At one point, a bridge was built to help Roman military to cross the river Lima. The bridge provided a safe route into the town of Ponte de Lima. However, as Ponte de Lima grew and became one of the most important towns in Portugal, a new bridge accessing the area was built to help maintain trade. The bridge remains one of the major sights to visit for Camino pilgrims in Ponte de Lima. It dates back to the 14th century as it was built and finished in 1370 to replace the old military bridge. Its architecture is stunning and the Gothic style Roman bridge is truly a sight to see. If you choose to walk the Camino Portugues, crossing the bridge during your trek to Santiago de Compostela is a very enjoyable and memorable experience.
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What to see:
- The Roman Bridge
- Igreja Matriz: built in the 15th century
- Torre da Cadeia Velha: old prison used until 1960
- Chafariz Nobre: The nobel fountain built in 1603
- Paco do Marques
- And more…
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