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Another house in ruins in the village of Patacão. In the beginning, when they moved to this river, the Avieiros worked and lived on their boats, then they started building their wooden houses on stilts, because of the river floods, with roofs made of straw and cane. Their houses are now a little different, but the houses we find in this village are still simple like this one. It's hard to imagine how many stories these walls have witnessed as the Avieiros had a really hard life.

The Avieiros are called this way because most part of them came from Vieira de Leiria, were fishermen who were forced to leave their homes along the coast and settled along the Tagus river because this river was safe and here they could fish the whole year, something that was impossible on the coast, where they had to spend many winter days without fishing . This migration happened in the 19th and 20th centuries, when they settled in little villages of humble wooden houses on stilts along the Tagus river. Today it’s still possible to find several of these villages and several entities are trying hard to preserve this unique culture of the Avieiros, who were called “the gypsies of the river” by Alves Redol, a Portuguese writer who wrote about them. Most part of the original houses have already disappeared because of the materials used in the construction and most part of the ones we can find in these villages are now a little different, but these villages and this culture are really interesting . I know several already and I’d like to visit the rest.

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