Redondo is a portuguese village situated in the district of Portalegre, Alentejo region and Central Alentejo subregion, with around 6000 inhabitants. It is the head of a municipality of about 7000 inhabitants, subdivided in 2 villages. The villages are Montoito and Redondo. The municipality is limited north by the councils of Estremoz and Borba, east by Vila Viçosa and Alandroal, southeast by Reguengos de Monsaraz and west by Évora.


Patrimony
    • The Military Castle Building nº1 was built by order of D. Dinis, it is a military enclosure, classified as National Monument and as Special Protection Zone. The construction plant has the configuration of an irregular fenced ellipse, of rough brickwork, without a battlement curtain, keeping its battlements, although partially interrupted. It possesses four rounded turrets and two towers, one facing Northeast, Donjon Tower and another one facing southeast, the one of the Alcaidaria. It presents two doors with gothic arches: northeast is the Ravessa or Sun Door, where there was an official mark of the stick and cubit, to which the cloth industrials had to submit in markets and fairs; southwest is the Wicket Door that was enlarged in the Manuelino period, by a new arch of brickwork with a fully decorated turn, with the coat of arms of the donee of the town, D. Vasco Coutinho.
    • St. Paul’s Convent was erected half the way of the Ossa mountain range by the monks of the St. Paul Hermit Order. Several chronicles are testifiers that this convent welcomed for centuries, well-known people such as D. Sebastião, D. João IV and D. Catarina de Bragança.
    • As an old Palace Convent it holds one of the most remarkable nucleuses of tile panels in the country, with biblical themes and from the hagiologic Christian from the authorship of several anonymous artists. More than 54000 tiles, low-relieves in terracotta and other precious items such as the Florentine fountain of the four seasons and the Old Church justify its classification of public interest and national monument.
    • The Donjon Tower, a military palace construction, destined to replace the primitive one, is from D. Afonso V time, who orders its construction in the last years of his realm. With determination of an applicable collect over the wines of Évora. Nevertheless, this project was concluded in the realm of D. Manuel, as seems to be proof the famous arched roof on the second floor.
    • The Pillory, eventually correspondent to the time of the new charter, by D. Manuel, was for many years in front of the Council Houses, having been rebuilt in the 30s next to the Castle, in D. Dinis Square. It is formed, presently, by a simple striated column, with a periform tail-end of probable original elements. It lacks the pedestal that was improvised with a square basis lying in two stone steps. It is classified as an estate of public interest.
    • Saint Peter’ Hermitage situated in the north-west extreme of the town in an elevated point of the old S. Peter’s Park being reached today by an orders stone staircase. Its foundation is ignored, but its existence goes back to 1534. The church is composed of a porch, nave, presbytery and sacristy. With a rectangular plant it distributes in elevation of three legs of fake arcades, by band and ceiling of half straight cannon.
    • The church of the Holy Spirit, an existing religious building in the fourteenth century, having been Commandment of the Order of Malta, later passed to the one of Avis. It presents in the primitive apse a typical polyribbed arched roof, from D. João III time.
    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.

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