Situated on the high mountain Serra da Estrela is Monsanto, the most beautiful and unique village in Portugal, where people build houses and live in large boulders.
The most special stone village in Portugal
According to historical records, the village of Monsanto was built centuries ago, once considered the central land of Portugal from the year 1174 to the 19th century.
To reach the village, visitors need to go through a small road through the valley. From the bottom of the mountain, the village of Monsanto flickered red roofs among the low trees.
Hit the visitor’s eyes are the beautiful little houses between the large boulders. Little paths in stone.
Monsanto now has an area of 131.76 km² and has nearly 1,000 inhabitants. The village retains its unique ancient architecture in the world, almost unchanged over hundreds of years.
Some houses are chiseled in a rock weighing up to 200 tons. Others use stone for roofing, as walls. Some other homes use openings of stone blocks to create a living space inside.
The houses are astonishing to visitors thanks to the uniqueness and beauty of the combination, the blend of Manueline architecture, the architecture of the 16th century.
Some houses have doors and roofs in modern Portuguese architectural style.
Another unique feature is the ruins of the ancient fortress, which serves as a shelter for Lusitania residents.
The village was voted “The only Portuguese village in Portugal” in a national poll in 1938.
Since then, Monsanto has become a popular tourist destination, with incredible architectural beauty and unparalleled views stretching out over the countryside of Portugal .
The government also restricted the construction to protect the village’s original beauty.
Due to the hilly terrain and small narrow roads around the large stone, the main means of transport of the people here is the trick.
Some beautiful pictures of Monsanto Village: