Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Roman Ruins of Monte Padrao


In July of last year we visited the Roman ruins. It's a peaceful place with plenty of wildlife. We went as far as we could by car, until we arrived at the steps. So we started our walk here, and it's quite some distance before we reach the first dig.
 

The steps are not too steep, but it's quite a climb. Our farm lies further down the mountain, and we have done this walk several times over the years.
 

The first plateau.
 

These huge rocks are typical of the landscape.
 

2nd plateau.
 

Not too far up the mountain yet.
 

 I couldn't get enough snaps of the boulders.
 

As you can see!:)
 

First sighting of a dig.
 

Much enlarged snap of our corn fields  through the trees.
 

At last a view from the top.
 

That's a church in the distance
 

Sorry don't know what this is.
 

This site is classified as a National Monument since 1910. It was excavated for the first time in the 1950's
 

There have been various settlements here, besides the Romans. Artifacts have been found dating back to the bronze and iron ages, and also the middle ages.
 

The highest point
 

Hubby looking very pleased with himself.
 

There is a small museum further down the mountain, but the most important finds are held in a museum in town.
 

There are lots of coins from the various occupations...
 
and items of pottery
 


 
I hope this qualifies for a Friday's Fences post, as not having been able to take any photos for at least three months, these are the only ones I can show you. There are a lot of snaps, but I wanted to give you an idea of the views and plateau's on our walk up the mountain, as well as the actual ruins. It would have been impossible to show you more of the ruins, because this post is already too long, so  thank you for bearing with me.
GOOD FENCES

29 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful territory! love the hills and trees and huge boulders! the ruins are just a huge plus! thanks, sonjia!

Giga said...

Interesting place to walk and to admire. Regards.

Bob Bushell said...

Wowee, the boulders are unique, beautiful.

Margaret Adamson said...

A very interesting post with beautiful scenery, wonderful stone walls, huge trees and rocks. The print in the text is a bit small for my eyes.

Linda said...

Fascinating post and such beautiful photos. Thank you so much for sharing.

bas said...

Er word veel werk van gemaakt het ligt daar ook op een geweldig mooie plek.

Ela said...

That's a gorgeous place to visit !
I love those spectacular views !
Great pictures ! Greetings !

A Quiet Corner said...

What an awesome place to walk...just beautiful!!...:)JP

NickMorgan said...

Wow, what an amazing place. I love the round boulders and the whole landscape.

Michelle said...

What a fantastic place to explore.

Juliana said...

Great hiking place!
A little bit of history & wonderful nature!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

Debbie said...

That looks like a long, but very rewarding trek!! The views are breathtaking, and those boulders are quite magnificent!!

Ida said...

What a fascinating place you visited. The walk looks steep but the views are worth it. I enjoyed this post very much.

susan said...

very interesting, great shots ! love Sue

Mari said...

That is a great place to have a walk to. Those rocks are huge, reminds ne of some legend about giants throwing rocks :)

It's a very interesting place.

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. Such beautiful country and so interesting to see the ruins. I like you enjoy boulders as they are so massive....

Bethany Carson said...

Wow, that is beautiful! Love the scenery and the view from the top!

karmnik54 said...

Bardzo fajnie:) I piękne widoki:)

hmuxo said...

What a wonderful hike that was. The boulders are unbelievable...thanks for sharing such beautiful photos!!!

Felicia said...

what beautiful scenery.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful scenery and views. I would like to explore the ruins! Lovely images from your trip! Happy weekend!

Noushka said...

Hahaha!!!
I don't know about fences!!!! but the archaeological sight looks very interesting! Must be a great walk to reach the top!
Lovely post, Sonjia, keep well!

Mike Attwood said...

Now I know how you hurt your back. Lovely photo's. Hope you are feeling better.

Trollstubben foto said...

This was great pictures.
Wishing you a nice Sunday.
Hugs from Karin

EG CameraGirl said...

The terrain is beautiful There's so much variety to enjoy and photograph.

Rita Vaselli said...

I love the atmosphere of the archaeological sites far from cities, like this.
It seems to me that the time of these places is special, being able to walk on ancient streets looking at the same sun and seeing a nature that has the same eternal beauty. A wonderful post, I had already seen it, but I had not yet found a quiet moment to comment, as it deserves. Happy Sunday, dear Sonija. Nice to know that you can again work on the PC to give your followers beautiful images from your world. warm hugs,Rita.

vitorchuvashortstories said...

Hi Sonjia!

A lovely place to enjoy the discovery and spend the day.Obviously it was summer, and not a day like today...

Hug
Vitor

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Wonderful place.. Nice pics.. Regards..

Maria said...

Portugal seems to be breathtaking, I'd love to go there.

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