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Hello friends and colleagues, today I propose a view of the river Miño with the Portuguese town of Vila Nova de Cerveira the background, view taken from the Spanish bank of the river Miño bordering between Spain and Portugal, I hope you like it, then a letters on the villa.

Vila Nova de Cerveira (often CERVEIRA only) is a Portuguese villa in the district of Viana do Castelo, North and sub-Minho-Lima, about 1,400 people at its core.

It is the seat of the municipality of 108.46 km ² and 9,253 inhabitants (2011), divided into 15 parishes (parishes). Bordered on the north by the municipality of Valença, east to Paredes de Coura, southeast to Ponte de Lima Caminha with southwest and northeast Spain

Human presence today to CERVEIRA County territory dates back to prehistoric times. Among the various elements detected, deserves the treasure of the tomb of the Fifth Agua Blanca, whose roots are part of the National Museum of Archaeology.
The large population growth that underlies the current settlement took place during the exchange, it was with the multiplication of the number of fortresses, and under the strong influence of Romanization. The best example of this movement can be found in the Archaeological Lovelhe ring, whose occupation extending from the sixth century. Century BC. VII DC
However, the municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira only begin to gain territorial expression during the process of reconquest, after the Arab invasions, which are emphasized through the empowerment of Portucalense in 1096 is in this period that the river Miño definitely takes its paper border, forcing the establishment of fortified points balizassem and defend the river. Land That appeared CERVEIRA, whose castle, situated in the place where now stands the sculpture of deer maestro José Rodrigues was responsible for patrol and defend against the Arabs was invested, was against the Norman, or more commonly against neighboring Galicia .
In 1297, D. Dinis and Fernando IV of Castile signed the Treaty of Alcañices, ending the fighting that had taken place in the previous two years. This treaty instead of a peace agreement, referred to the border between the two kingdoms, which have since experienced some geographical and political stability. This firm would again need to fortify the border of Minho. From this moment we would see a renewed effort to repopulate the region. Thus CERVEIRA "Vila Nova" came with the granting of a charter by King Dinis, back in 1321, and the construction of a new castle to protect the village development.
The century. XVII and Restoration Wars mark the history of this country and its heritage, which involved a fortress town, supported by two other strongholds, the Watchtower Lourido Alto was built, and Fort Lovelhe, warrants constructed by Governor weapons of Minho, pressed by the need to defend the border.
This new movement building consisted basically a reformulation and extension of the medieval fortification, to which a platform riverfront was applied aimed to hit neighboring Fort Goian. The expansion of the city walls imply that the perimeter has always extravasara Castle
So, the people surrounded consolidated its built on the main roads, the street closed for Queiroz Ribeiro Port of Valencia Street and Cesar Maldonado Costa Brava, with the port of Viana, the Bowl brings Door Mother Church and dock of the village close to the river.
The Fort Lovelhe specifically built and prepared to resist attempts Iberian Union eventually provide other important services to the country, especially in the Napoleonic wars. If during the Wars of restoring their presence was essential to deter Filipino armies, the latter action is particularly important to prevent the French troops, commanded by Soult, to make the desired cross the river Miño, in the February 13, 1809 .
The century. XIX began with moments of turmoil and destruction, but for bringing findariam stabilizing the border and peace to this land. Its castle and fortresses, defensive elements have become heritage matters save as bearers of identity symbols County and its Peoples. The same is true of its churches and other elements of the historic, cultural and ethnographic heritage, whose knowledge allows us to understand today what it means to be "cerveirense".
Source: Wikipedia and municipal portal Vila Nova de Cerveira.

Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/4000 sec
F-Stop: f/10.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 38 mm
Date Taken: 2011-07-14 17:11
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 489 kb

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