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Reguengos de Monsaraz



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A predominantly agricultural county, Reguengos de Monsaraz is famous for the wines of its demarcated region but has a lot more to offer visitors.

The seat of the county, Reguengos, lies surrounded by vineyards at the heart of Alentejo and exhibits the grand Church of Saint Anthony, built in the 19th century in Neo-Gothic style.

However, the region's most popular site is Monsaraz, once the county's seat, a small Medieval walled town rising on top of a hill above the river Guadiana and with a 13th-century castle built to defend the zone from the attacks of Spain.

The 16th-century Mother Church, with gilded altars and painted pillars, rises at the main street flanked by 17th and 18th-century houses displaying coats of arms.

The former Gothic Town Hall now lodges a Religious Art Museum with collections of sculptures and religious books and vestments.

Around Monsaraz, there is a number of extremely interesting Pre-historic and archaeological ruins, proving that the region was inhabited since remote ages, such as Menhir of Outeiro, rising 5,6 metres tall, or Menhir of Abelhoa, near the village of Telheiro, with strange inscriptions.

The demarcated wine region of Reguengos de Monsaraz produces some of Portugal's best reds, which combine perfectly with the local gastronomy based on pork and lamb dishes and tasty and filling soups.

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