CASTELO DE VIDE
The castle stands on the northern side of the town, overlooking the Alentejo plains. It was rebuilt during the reign of King Dinis (14 th. century) and significantly renovated in the reign of King João V (18 th. century). It has an irregular pentagonal shape and one of its most interesting features is the main room of the polygonal keep, whose roof is supported by plain ogival arches rising straight from the floor, giving it a remarkable sense of plastic strength. In the oldest part of the town inside the city walls, which was the old medieval town area, there are many narrow, picturesque streets lined with houses that have striking stone doorways.
D. PEDRO V SQUARE
This pleasant, wide and well-proportioned area is lined with mansions, the Town Hall and the imposing Santa Maria Church, in addition to restaurants and shops, and has a statue of King Pedro in the centre.
DECORATIVE TILES AT THE RAILWAY STATION
Alentejo railway stations can make you feel as if you are miles away from the rest of the world. The tracks evaporate into a haze on the horizon and there are only one or two trains a day. Of course, this will give you plenty of time to admire the fine tile panels at this particular station.
In medieval times cultural segregation was practiced in Portugal and so it was not unusual to find Jewish neighbourhoods (and neighbourhoods of Moors who had remained in Portugal). These were often relegated to the less desirable or more makeshift areas, obliging the inhabitants to find remarkable, spontaneous urban solutions. Here the white houses were grouped together beside the city walls, then spread slowly down the slopes in an ingeniously organic arrangement. It is well worth exploring the lanes or climbing up or down the steps to this neighbourhood.
NOSSA SENHORA DA DEVESA CHURCH
This 18th. century building has a lavish façade flanked by two bell towers. The doorway has fluted Corinthian columns supporting a pediment in two sections. The interior has only one nave with a stone high altar.
A rectangular 17th. century building whose side façades have wrought iron balconies. The upper floor is reached by a splendid and skilfully designed stairway and the overall outlines of this sturdy building are typically Baroque.