Ponte Fortificada de Ucanha

Ponte Fortificada de Ucanha, Tarouca: Hours, Address, Ponte Fortificada de Ucanha Reviews: 4.5/5

Ponte Fortificada de Ucanha

Ponte Fortificada de Ucanha
4.5
Historic Sites • Bridges
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The most well-Known bridge over the Varosa river is the Ucanha bridge. It was probably built during the 14th-15th century and replaced another Roman bridge. The tower by the bridge was built in 1465 by the initiative of D. Fernando, abbot of Santa Maria de Salzedas monastery. The tower was the entrance to the mosnastic "couto" (land) and served as a toll that the travelers had to pay for crossing it.
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal19,552 contributions
Aug 2021
This unique monument should be from the second half of the 12th century, when this portion of the territory was linked to Couto do Mosteiro de Salzedas. The bridge was located at the entrance of this circumscription. The heritage set that we see today, however, dates from a later period, possibly from the 14th century, when the bridge and tower that protects it were rebuilt.

The bridge is a double trestle, as was normal in medieval time, and is supported by five pointed arches. But the greatest originality of this monument is the association of a tower with the bridge, as a form of protection and control of people and goods. In a feudal world, where passages over the rivers were few, the collection of tolls constituted an additional income, and it is precisely in the light of this tax that the existence of this tower must be understood. It is located on the side of the monastery of Tarouca and has a quadrangular plan with three floors, featuring military devices on all four sides.
Written 20 August 2021
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Valéria
Porto, Portugal741 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
It’s a nice experience to stop on your trip to see the bridge! Just be sure to have someone to explain the history behind it for you! Then it will be great!
Written 18 July 2021
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IndySig
Indianapolis, IN3,716 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The little town of Ucanha is such a treasure. Park just outside of town and stroll around. They are creating a lovely park along the water and it will be a great place to stop for a picnic lunch. Beautiful area.
Written 21 January 2020
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Eeper55
Falmouth, Canada155 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
This bridge is ancient and offers a great view of the river below. It is worth seeing while waiting for your table at Tasquinha de Matias.
Written 7 November 2019
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Jo M
Perth, Australia552 contributions
Sep 2018
This bridge has four piers and is from 13th century, there is a tower at the towns end and it was used to collect tolls from people wanting to enter the town
Written 28 August 2019
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Alastair D
Adelaide, Australia148 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
We found this place accidentally when we were looking for somewhere to eat. It's another example of the magnificent stonework of Portugal and is in very good order.
Written 15 July 2019
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scvrose
Fiddletown, CA936 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We stopped by this little town and saw an old bridge, built in the Roman style. It went over a small creek that was crystal clear water. The history was pretty interesting.
Written 28 June 2019
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Tiago Borlido
Viana do Castelo, Portugal333 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
This beautiful fortified tower is well worth a visit, as it is not only the only monument of its kind in Portugal, but also very well mantained. When you're there, be sure to take a walk down Direita Street, that will take you through the historic village centre, which is also very nice.
Written 6 January 2019
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Sérgio R.
48 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Very surprise to find this monument so well maintained in that tiny town.
Unfortunately it wasn't open...
Written 11 September 2018
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Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,086 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Ancient Roman bridge in the village de Ucanha, near Lamego in a nice environnment, the region and the mountains , and has very authentic villages, and in the center this nice bridge; find the good little restaurant.
Written 27 April 2018
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