August 26, 2017

Roman Bridge, 1st Century, Idanha-a-Velha, Idanha a Nova, Central Portugal

Once the capital of Iberia, Idanha-a-Velha is now a small village in Central Portugal, with less than 100 inhabitants.  This humble village sits on top of what was once the city of Egitania, previously home to thousands.  The Romans settled here from as early as 16 AD.  King Wamba and Pope Damasus were both born here and King Roderick was buried here.  The Romans left their mark on Idanha a Velha (Old Idanha) and one of the main reasons to visit is to marvel at fantastically well preserved wall around the village, the best example of it’s kind in the Iberian Peninsula.  The tiny village also holds the largest collection of carved Roman stones in Europe.

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