Sousel is a Portuguese village situated in the district of Portalegre, Alentejo region and High Alentejo sub region, with around 2000 inhabitants. It is the head of a municipality of about 5700 inhabitants, subdivided in 4 villages. The villages are Cano, Casa Branca, Santo Amaro and Sousel. The municipality is limited north by the councils of Avis and Fronteira, east and south by Estremoz, southeast by Arraiolos and west by Mora.


Patrimony
  • In the religious architecture we highlight the village of Cano, the Chapel of Santa Catarina, the Chapel of Santo António, the Chapel of São Sebastião, the Church of Cano and the Church of Misericordia of Cano; in the village of Casa Branca the Church of Casa Branca and the Church of São Miguel; in the village of Santo Amaro the Cruzeiro of Santo Amaro and the Parish Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário and finally in the village of Sousel the Chapel of the Espírito Santo, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Carmo, the Chapel of São Sebastião, the Convent Church of Santo António, the Church of Sousel, the Church of Misericórdia of Sousel and the Church of Nossa Senhora da Orada.
  • In the military architecture the highlight goes to the Alamo Tower, built in the 15th century.
  • In civil architecture, the Paulistas Convent, is another interesting residential building, built in the 20s/30s of the 20th century. It has a palace and revivalist trace. It constitutes together with the gardens, close buildings and industrial structures (presses), an important group of patrimonial value; the joanino style manor, situated in the S. Sebastião Street, that possesses great value by the drawing and work in stonework, but also for the remaining group that is part and extends through the Park and Farm. Those contiguous structures, of mainly agricultural essence, also present excellent work in forged iron and stonework; in Casa Branca the old Building of the Elderly; in Sousel, the Pillory built in the 16th century.
  • In Production Architecture, we highlight the Azenas da Violante, do Ferrador ando f the Zambujeiro, a group of three watermills connected by a system of aqueducts; the Azenha Mestre Vasco, the Azenhas do Falcato and dos Condes, the Moinho de Vento, and the Fornos de Cal, in an industry of whitewash manufacture, nowadays extinct, was one of the most important economic activities in the Council of Sousel. The appearance of competition products of lower price in the market, sentenced the disappearance of this industry. The ovens for cooking the whitewash can be found in an undetermined number in the rural areas of the Council, mainly in the mountain ranges of São Miguel and São Bartolomeu and also the coal ovens and the Adega of Mouchão.


Gastronomy
  • The typical Alentejo gastronomy with olives, “enchidos”, cheeses, asparagus omelet, ham, “pezinhos de coentrada”, dogfish soup, “sopa da panela”, “açorda”, gazpacho, mint soup, the fish dishes with “coentrada” dogfish, fried dogfish, and the meat dishes such as lamb “ensopado”, the “cozido de grão à alentejana”, the roasted rabbit in clay, the “burras assadas”, the “migas à alentejana”, and finally the sweets with highlight to the regional sweet, the  “Sericaia”, the “Pão de Rala”, the “Encharcada”, the Honey Cake and the “Arroz doce”.
  • The wines of the region are also highlighted as an option of great quality and particularity in a well-known region for the election of its crops.

    For other useful information and details check the website: www.cm-sousel.pt

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