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Serpa is known as Vila Branca, wich means White Town, and this is far enough. Here, it will always remain in our memories the sound of groups of people arriving from work in the afternoons.

The nobility of its architecture is something impressive: the Escadas de Santa Maria (staircase) or even the Castle, where you still can see remains of past wars; the Aqueduct, which still brings water to the Palace.

The past is ever present in Serpa. On every street and house, in its museums: Archaeological and Ethnographic, you can almost touch this past. An interresting place to visit is the Watch museum.

A large amount of religious buildings certifies people`s faith over the centuries: Igreja da Misericórdia, Convento de Santo António, Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Saúde, Capela de S.Gens.

From the hill where Capela de S.Gens is located, beside the Pousada with the same name, the view is limitless. It is a wide open space, from the sierras near the border as far as Beja, just gaped by the Guadiana River.

Serpa has a little bit of MEG`s richess on its territory: the wine in Pias; the olive oil in Brinches, the ornamental rocks in Ficalho, the figs in Vila Nova de S.Bento. Everywhere, fundamental elements of cultural, historical and archeological patrimony.

Serpa is still the watermills from the Guadiana and its peculiar way of farming. These farms, called montes, are mostly settled over former roman villae.It is as if a hidden treasure layed under our feet.

Miguel Rego

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Sunday, 8 de August de 2010
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