Portal da Quinta do Crasto / Lindberg

Castles and Fortresses

Along the road connecting Valença to Monção, and near the border that divides the two municipalities, you’ll pass by several points of interest that demand a visit. The first one clearly standing out from the landscape is the Baroque portal of the Quinta do Crasto. It’s the only remains of a large estate, probably built in the second half of the 18th century, which belonged to the Pimenta de Castro family. During Napoleon’s invasions, this farm was fiercely attacked by the French soldiers. Go back to that times and imagine Napoleon’s troops bombing the whole estate. Almost everything was destroyed. Very little was left standing except for this admirable portal, a landmark in the region’s history. Right next to it, you’ll find a monument to Lindberg. This sculpture evokes the day that, in 1933, Charles Lindberg was forced to land on the River Minho, in Friestas, with his Lockheed hydroplane which had run out of fuel... Now, imagine this scenario: hundreds of people running towards River Minho, to the Ínsua do Crasto, to welcome him and his wife / co-pilot Anne Morrow. This happening was so remarkable for the locals that, at the end of the 20th century, an iron sculpture was erected to him, designed by the local sculptor Alípio Nunes.

Valença (Viana do Castelo)

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