Hillfort of Sapelos Cultural Heritage

The opening of the classification procedure of the Hillfort of Sapelos, a fortified settlement inserted in the Terva Valley Archaeological Park (TVAP), in the municipality of Boticas, was yesterday (April 22) published in Diário da República (DR).

The mayor of Boticas, Fernando Queiroga, told the Lusa news agency that the classification of this hillfort “is very important” and can “help catapult” this fortified village “that was a little forgotten” and where ” beneficiation “at” the expense of the municipality “.

The mayor also said that the classification could also “help to obtain financing” to continue with the studies and the improvement of that space.

According to information on TVAP’s website, the Hillfort of Sapelos “is one of the most complex fortified sites in the Upper Terva Valley, through its articulation between the wall lines and a labyrinthine complex of defensive moats, for decades interpreted as mining trenchess”.

The Terva Valley Archaeological Park is a joint project of the Municipality of Boticas and the University of Minho, which began in 2006 and aims to promote the integrated management of the natural and cultural heritage values of that territory.

According to the order published today in the DR, the hillfort under classification and all real estate located in the general protection zone, 50 meters from its external limits, are now covered by the legal provisions in force.

Those interested in complaining or appealing against the opening of the procedure may consult “the relevant elements of the file, in particular the grounds and the plan of the group under classification and its general protection area, on the websites of the Directorate General (www.patrimoniocultural.pt), Regional Directorate of Culture of the North (www.culturanorte.pt) or Câmara Municipal de Boticas (www.cm-boticas.pt).


Visit Boticas / 23/04/2019 / Source: LUSA / Photography: TR