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Walls/Fortress: IIP, the walls of Caminha were reinforced and altered over time. What is left of them is either medieval or from the 18th century. Parish Church: MN, one of the village’s authentic ex-libris, it is a great example of the gothic style; initiated in 1488, it took more than 60 years to complete. Misericórdia Church: 16th century building, altered during the 17th and 18th centuries. Santa Clara Church: built during the second half of the 16th century, on a place where a small chapel once existed. Old City Hall: a restored 16th century building. Watch Tower: MN, the only one left from the ten towers that made up the village’s circular safe-guard; the string of walls that exist here are from the era of D. Afonso III and were concluded during D. Dinis’ reign. Fountain: MN, 16th century construction, by João Lopes. Pittas House: IIP, manueline style house.


Ínsua Fort: MN, built during the reign of D. João I and altered by D. Manuel; it is situated close to the Minho River. Cão Fort: IIP, in Âncora, it was built during the Restoration War. Lagarteira Fort: IIP, from the 17th century, it was designed to protect the region’s coastal area. It is located in Vila Praia de Âncora. In the same parish, can be found the Anta da Barrosa: MN, is one of the region’s most emblematic megalithic monuments; and the Aspra Dolmen, classified as IIP. Laje das Fogaças: rupestrian inscriptions, in the parish of Lanhelas. Lanhelas Tower: IIP, a tower of military inspiration, in Lanhelas. S. João d’Arga Monastery: a place of important pilgrimage in August, this sanctuary probably dates back to the 13th century, although it sustained some changes during the 18th century. It is located in the parish of S. João d’Arga. S. Pedro de Varais Chapel: IIP, a romanesque temple situated in Vile. Santa Luzia Chapel: founded in 1569, in Vilar de Mouros. Venade Stone Cross: IIP, in the parish of Venade. Abadim Bridge: 17th century construction, in Âncora. Vilar de Mouros Bridge: MN, this gothic bridge is situated in the parish with the same name and probably dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries. House in Vila Praia de Âncora: on the 5 de Outubro Street, this 19th century small palace is known for the tree it has in its garden, a Norfolk Island Pine planted in 1886 and classified as of public interest.


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