Cabeço de Vide

Fronteira

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Cabeço de Vide is a lovely small village nearby Fronteira, situated in the vast Alentejo region, filled with tradition and peace of mind, famous for having the larger square in the region between the rivers Tajo and Guadiana.

This is a region occupied by men since remote periods, with archaeological vestiges dating as from the Neolithic period. The Roman occupancy left an important legacy throughout the region, as here passed a subsidiary road of the important military road that linked Lisboa to Merida. This road served the Thermal Complex of Sulphate waters where were discovered the ruins of a Roman public bath complex along with many other vestiges.

Cabeço de Vide was also occupied by Moors, and was conquered by Christians troops commanded by the first Portuguese king, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1160, and again taken by Moors 1190, conquered back a few years later.
During the Middle ages Cabeço de Vide develops, yet afterwards the village starts declining, loosing its importance of other times.
The village is proud of its heritage, with the Ruins of the once important Castle and the lovely 16th century Espírito Santo Chapel, the Pillories or the charming Railway Station decorated with glazed tiles panels with rural scenes.

One of the highlights of Cabeço de Vide are the referred ruins of the Roman Public Baths that are still used for therapeutic treatments, situated in an area of great beauty, with several fountains and springs, in a lovely arboreous space.

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