Villages

Pillory

Idanha-a-Velha

Idanha-a-Velha

This symbol of Idanha-a-Velha’s municipal independence is located in Largo da Igreja. It is in Manueline style and classified as property of public interest. It was presumably built in 1510, the year of King Manuel I’s charter. Round platform with three steps, octagonal shaft with concave sides on a square base with a rosette on each of the notched corners. Cube-shared capital with a round base. The sides have faint shields and the corners display an armillary sphere, the royal coat of arms, the Cross of the Order of Christ and an unidentified heraldic motif. At the top is a pinnacle crowned by an iron cross. The column still shows remains of the irons used to make it.