Hillfort of Muro de Cunhas

TVAP / Iron Age Hillforts Route (Castros)

Located on a spur of conical morphology, at the far end of the municipalities of Boticas and Chaves, this site is bounded by two circular wall lines presenting a sharp overturn.

A eld of rocks planted on the soil and located on the northern side complements the defensive system. Housing remains have been identified on the upper platform.

On the western slope, and partially overlapping one of the wall lines, there is a small hermitage conserved and framed on the rocky formation. Inside, there are some notable inscriptions and symbols engraved in low relief that reveal an evident religious syncretism associated with the Christian tradition.

The hermit José, who built, decorated and occupied the hermitage of the hillfort Muro de Cunhas at the end of the twentieth century, abandoned the site in the beginning of the twenty-first century and resettled in the Nossa Senhora das Neves sanctuary, in the past few years.

Source: Unidade de Arqueologia da Universidade do Minho 2014, Rotas do Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Terva, Câmara Municipal de Boticas, Boticas. / Photography: TR