Students from the 8th grade have done a tour inside Fundão to find out the places where some fights between liberals and absolutists happened back in the 19th century. We even made a photo exhibition with it! Watch some of the photos here!
Discover Ancient Fundão - Trip around the old part of the town
Here's a nice way on how to discover the ancient part of the old town. You can just download this pdf guide and use it discovering old Fundão.
The history of Fundão is connected to 3 elements: water, agriculture and commerce. The tour around the old part of the town will show the importance of these three elements in its development.
The development of agricultural activities is related to the names of the two main nucleus which originated the town: Quintã e Quintanzinha.
The origin of the word Fundão is also associated with the word “fundiário”, which means land owner.
Another important feature of the town’s history is commerce. The arrival of Jews from Spain (converted to New-Christians) encouraged the development of commerce in the city.
Jews weren’t farmers; they were mainly tradesmen and craftsmen. They left their mark in the economic development of the region, which we can still see in the type of buildings along this axis ( Rua da Cale, Rua Dr. João Pinto e Rua da Quintã). Almost every house has a garden, so water is an important matter in the history of this town. Coming from Serra da Gardunha, water was indispensable to the agricultural activity and used for domestic consumption.
The Easter traditions, which define the soul of the people from Fundão and its surroundings, are one of the traits that help explain the cultural heritage of the region.The ceremonies which are held each year at Lent are based on the preservation of the old religious festivities.
For the locals who revive the traditions each year they represent the bond between Man and the Holy Spirit, the collective feeling of worshiping and believing.
These cultural events are called “Quadragésima” and are held in different places across the council of Fundão. They range from truly popular events (popular gatherings, religious processions in the Holy Week and staged Christian representations) to more culturally elaborated ones (liturgical dramas, medieval preaches, ancient prayers, among others) whose aim is to spread the local cultural religious heritage.
In Fundão itself the night procession portraying Christ’s death involves the city in an atmosphere of darkness and deep mourning. The Scouts Group of Fundão also joins in the celebrations by staging parts of the Passion of Christ in the Gardunha Mountain during the night ceremonies.
Just find out when next year's Holy Week is going to happen and visit us by that time!
Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 29 Jun, 2015 17:55 Despite all the new buildings we have in Fundão, there are also some ruins that worth a visit. One example is The Convent of the Holy Lady of Seixo (Convento de Nossa Senhora do Seixo) known around here as simple "The Convent" (O Convento).
One of the most important monument s in Fundão is the convent of the Holy Lady of Seixo which dates back from the 16th century and is located in the southern part of the city area, only within a ten-minute walk distance front the city centre
This convent was erected on the site of a former church to honour the Holy Lady of Seixo. It was the home of the male “Order of Friars Minor" or simply the "Franciscans" as they are commonly called.
In 1779 the convent hosted the first public school founded in Fundão but in 1834 all the religious orders, convents, monasteries, religious schools and hospitals were extinguished, an act which dictated the demise of the Convent of the Holy Lady of Seixo.
There have been several attempts to rebuild it to become a hotel, since it was built in a green slope from where you can devise a magnificent view over the fertile plains of this region, known as “Cova da Beira”.
Since May this year there are new high hopes to see it rebuilt since it was published in the local newspaper that currently there is a project running to have a four-star hotel built, a project to be accomplished in five-year’s time. Will the dream come true this time?
Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 29 Jun, 2015 17:25 You can find a wide range of festivities in Fundão region during all the year. However, during the Summer there are at least 3 festivities which are a must to visit: Festa da Cereja in Alcongosta (Cherry’s Festival), Cale e Sangria Agosto in Fundão (Cale & Sangria Agosto - Fundão Street Festival) and Chocalhos in Alpedrinha (Rattles Festival). Follow these hints from our Comenius students and visit us.
Pedra D’Hera is a viewpoint situated in “Serra
da Gardunha” from where we can see “Serra da Estrela“
northwards. “Fundão” is
situated in a valley together with “Covilhã” which is also located in
the North. Read the text our Comenius students have written about this lovely place.
Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 26 Jun, 2015 19:08 We're in Fundão working in a Project about places? But after all where is Fundão? Here's an explanation of this Portuguese town you all are invited to visit. Thanks Comenius students team!
You have here a small description of each image you can see in the presentation.
It is located near Alcongosta, a village in Serra da Gardunha, Fundão. Serra da Gardunha is a mountain which reaches 1227 meters height.
The mountain has a house at its top where the mountain keeper used to live. It is called the House of the Mountain keeper or, in Portuguese, Casa do Guarda. Unfortunately, nowadays there is no one living there.
The house is located on that high place because from there people can glimpse at the entire mountain, so it allowed the keeper to detect the fires all over the mountain just from an early stage. It also lets us have sublime views of the countryside, from Alcongosta to the cities of Fundão and Covilhã.
In autumn, we can go there and have nice family picnics or pick up some chestnuts and pines for the winter. Although fascinating in autumn, in other seasons of the year we can also engage in several activities such as picking up cherries and going to the swimming pool in summer and walking along the flowered cherry trees tracks in spring.
As it is in the mountain, we are also able to go jogging among the mountain tracks designed for nature lovers.
Archaeological excavations in Quinta do Ervedal, Castelo Novo, Fundão.
The territory where today is located the Fundão region was part of the Roman province of Lusitania during the Roman Empire. Therefore there is, throughout the county, many traces of the old and great empire. Students at our school participate every summer in archaeological excavations organized by the Archaeological Museum of Fundão. The best known are the ruins of Quinta do Ervedal, near Castelo Novo. If you are under 18 years, you can participate in the excavations taking place during the month of July. Just contact the Archaeological Museum of Fundão here:
Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 26 Jun, 2015 13:11 In Alcaide, Fundão, there is a long tradition for São Macário cult. Every year, during Spring, a pilgrimage takes place. Here's the video our students did.
Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 26 Jun, 2015 12:35 Fundão used to have a factory for milling in beginning of the 20th century. Today, that old milling factory became a cultural centre for arts. Just have a look in "A Moagem- The City of Arts and Ingenuity".