Photographer's Note

Alter do Chão is a peaceful small village in the heart of the vast Alentejo region, with quite ancient origins, where peace of mind is present at every corner.

Supposedly, Alter do Chão was a Roman settlement named “Abelterium”, founded over another previous settlement from the Iron Age. “Albeterium” would have been crossed by one of the three main Roman roads that linked Lisboa to Mérida. From this roman period of occupation there are several vestiges in the region, the most important ones are the Ruins of the Thermal complex just by the entrance of Alter do Chão.

Nevertheless, Alter do Chão is mainly famous for its “Coudelaria” (a big farm where racehorses are bred), founded in 1748 by King D. João the 5th, in order to breed the “Lusitano” horse for the Royal horsemanship. The Lusitano is an ancient Portuguese breed of horse, with ancient origins, developed for use in war, dressage and bull fighting.
Nowadays the “Coudelaria de Alter” houses several features like the Professional Agricultural School, the Equestrian Art Portuguese School and a campus of the Évora university, among many other features.

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