Citânia de Sanfins Archaeological Museum - Sanfins de Ferreira | Portugal

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Hello everybody :)

In a recent article, one of those aimed at sharing some visits made to the beautiful lands of my country, i shared a precious place, a little different from those we are used to seeing or visiting in our daily lives, an ancestral place full of history, just one of many that we can still see on this land, some of which are very well preserved and of considerable size, as was the case with Citânia de Sanfins. This introduction only serves to present the picturesque place that i share today, and which has a direct connection with the place presented in the previous article, and it is a very small space and a little out of touch with the surrounding environment, not only due to its location but also due to its distinct architecture. Today i share the surrounding area next to the Citânia de Sanfins Archaeological Museum.

When we left home with the purpose of visiting Citânia, despite having entered the correct location on the GPS, for some reason we ended up at this location. At first i didn't realize that Citânia wasn't in that location and i still searched a few meters until i came to that conclusion. I ended up exploring the place and the surrounding area a little before recalibrating the GPS and heading to the initially configured destination. It was only later, when researching information about the place to prepare the article, that i realized what i hadn't seen in that place, in the museum itself, which holds a vast collection of artefacts collected on the land where the Citânia de Sanfins is located, where they are kept several remains of communities established in the region since the Neolithic period, with emphasis on the notable sculpture of a warrior believed to be a protective image of the Castro community.

This group of buildings, including the Museum and the Parish Church (Old) of São Pedro de Sanfins de Ferreira, are located on the famous Romanesque Route in the heart of Northern Portugal, between the Sousa, Douro and Tâmega valleys, where all over on the side, historical treasures of Romanesque inspiration emerge. There, the stones tell ancient legends, testifying to the glory and splendor of an era where nobility and religious orders shaped the destiny of this region. This architectural legacy transports us to past times, where each feature tells a story, revealing the cultural richness and vital role of this territory in the history of Portugal. The Citânia Archaeological Museum is relatively far from Citânia itself, located in Sanfins de Ferreira, standing out as a landmark in the local landscape, with a baroque style building, also known as Casa da Igreja or Solar dos Brandões.

The structure of the manor is unique and deeply influenced by the surrounding environment. Dating from 1722, the house later received noble details, such as a coat of arms, added in 1775. The noble portal stands out, enclosing the house's courtyard, adorned with Rococo style elements and bearing the large stone of arms. Unfortunately, i ended up leaving that place without entering the museum. The door was closed, which did not invite entry, but if i had known what i could see there, i might have tried to understand how or where to enter, or check if it would really be closed. At another time, when i go there to see the sauna, which i also didn't have the opportunity to see when i was in Citânia, i will definitely stop by the museum again and go in :)

That´s all for today, Hope you like it :)

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