Villages

Pillory

Belmonte

Belmonte

This is a heraldic revivalist pillory with three octagonal steps and an octagonal shaft. It has not capital but includes a press-shaped shield surrounded by a rectangular frame and topped by the inscription 'TVD: PA. This was most likely the Fernão Cabral coat of arms and meant “Tudela Passus”. It is linked to a legend in which the Lord of Belmonte chose to watch his daughter being crushed by a press over surrendering the castle. The pillory was rebuilt in 1986, as the original was demolished in 1885 when the square was being levelled. There are still some fragments of this pillory that show a cage shapes, possibly built in the 16th century, after King Manuel I’s charter.