Belmonte

The lovely village of Belmonte is located on a rising slope of Serra da Estrela mountain range, overlooking Cova da Beira and Vale do Zêzere. It is also a markedly agricultural region, notwithstanding its clothing industry of considerable dimension. However, in recent years it has grown as a tourism region, with an emphasis on religious, cultural and nature tourism. In this context the Museu do Azeite (Olive Oil Museum), the Zêzere Ecomuseum and the Jewish Museum, which currently call a large number of visitors to the county, were created. This council, almost as old as the nationality, was the birthplace of Pedro Álvares Cabral, the Commander of the second Fleet to India in 1500, who discovered Brazil. In the Igreja Matriz de Belmonte (mother church), also known as the Church of the Sagrada Família, is the image of Nossa Senhora da Esperança, dating from the 14th century, which is said to have accompanied Pedro Álvares Cabral in his journey. The presence of Jews in Belmonte has been constant since the Middle Ages, although the forced conversion in 1496 made a Crypto-Judaism be born, which contributed to the dispersion of the Jewish community. It is believed that the ancient Jewish quarter was located in the so-called Bairro de Marrocos (Neighborhood of Morocco), where the old synagogue was also supposed to be. There are still some traces of the Jewish presence in the area, as the crosses carved on the jambs of some doors and Hebrew letters in several ashlars of the castle. In 1989 the Jewish community of Belmonte was officially created and in the 90s' the Bet Eliahou synagogue was inaugurated. To match the richness of the council's heritage, find out its gastronomy! Taste the trouts, the goat stew, the hare rice cooked in the iron pot and the traditional papas de carolo (kind of mousse made with cob and cinnamon).

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Pousada Convento de Belmonte
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