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Aldeia de Álvaro

A village of faith which once belonged to Ordem de Malta, hides a remarkable religious heritage.

The village of Álvaro stretches languidly and meanders along the view of a hillside overlooking the Rio Zêzere, accommodated in Albufeira do Cabril. Seen from the top of the magnificent landscape that surrounds it, it looks like a white wall that guards the passage of the river. It is one of the “white villages” of the Schist Villages Network. This does not mean that the predominant building material is not shale. Only that the overwhelming majority of the facades of the buildings are plastered and painted white, showing, here and there, gaps in bright colors.

Rich in religious heritage, the village was once an important settlement for religious orders, namely the Ordem de Malta, which left countless testimonies of its presence. The Igreja da Misericórdia requires a visit, but to get to know this village well, you have to do the Capelas circuit. In them you will find very important manifestations of sacred art, from paintings to singular artefacts, such as an image of Senhor dos Passos, a Renaissance Tabernacle or even a dead Christ with the Santas Mulheres and S. João Evangelista.

At the foot of the village, there is the refreshing reservoir of Barragem do Cabril and its river infrastructures, a place to go for bathing or simply to enjoy the rolling landscape of hills and mountains that stretches to Estrela.

Source: Aldeias de Xisto