Discovering the Historical Town of Monsanto
Tour Start - Baluarte
Hello, and welcome to the Historical Town of Monsanto.
Thank you for choosing this Monsanto Town Self-Guided Immersive Audio Tour, by eo - Immersive Audio Tours™.
Before we start walking let me explain a few things.
My name is Franz, and I'll be your host for the next 50 minutes.
I've always been passionate about history and I'm eager to share some untold stories about Monsanto that have been forgotten in the sands of time.
If you're standing in the small paved parking lot with the stone fence and three large cannons keeping guard then you're in the right place to start this tour.
This is the Baluarte viewpoint. It used to be an important artillery battery protecting this town and its castle from enemies for over 300 years.
The permanent settlement of Monsanto or Mons Sanctus, the “Holy Mount”, was mainly due to the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula in the 3rd century BC.
At that time, the old town of Monsanto was located at the very top of the hill.
The Monsanto we know today, located halfway up the hill, only exists because the town and its Castle were donated to the Catholic military order of the Templars by the King of Portugal in 1165.
Now, make your way to the stone fence at the edge of the viewpoint.
Face the same way as the cannons and then look to your left.
Can you see a Clock Tower peeking from the midst of the town?
That's the western part of the Town of Monsanto.
On top of the Clock Tower you’ll notice a silver statue of a rooster. This represents the award won by Monsanto in 1938, when the fascist regime led by Salazar decided that the Town was “The Most Portuguese Village in Portugal”.
Now, if you look in the same direction the cannon on the right is facing, you'll see the village of Relva at the foot of the hill.
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Past Relva you'll see a mountain called the Serra da Moreirinha which looks geographically similar to Monsanto.
So, let's start walking.
With the parking lot on your right, walk up the road into town and keep going.
While you walk, let me explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get way off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.
Keep going up the road. You'll hear from me again a little further ahead.