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Fundao is a city in Fundao municipality in Portugal, located in the Castelo Branco District. Fundao is an old city with 8.369 inhabitants, situated at the point where the slope of the Garduhna range meets the Cova da Beira plains, 500 metres above the sea level. During the Iron Age, from about 1000 BC until its destruction by the Romans there was a Celtic Lusitanian Castro or fortified village in nearby Sao Bras Mount. The history of Fundao is intimately related to that of its originally Jewish, then New Christian or Marrano population.
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Municipal Archaeological Museum is situated in the former Taborda Falcao de Elvas manor house at the heart of Fundao city. This museum is a multi-purpose location dedicated to Iberian archaeology. Apart from epigraphy, pre-history and fort hill culture centres, the museum assembles unique pieces of scientific, didactic and historical value. It also organises temporary exhibits. The museum has the Universia room on the Internet world.
Castelo Novo is a beautiful castle that stands out for its concentrically harmonious design and the well preserved structure. This charming castle, located near Fundao, has narrow streets, small wooden verandas and vestiges of Roman paths. Among the must see places, you should visit the Town Hall, the jail and the pillory, the drinking fountain and the Church.
Fundao Main Church is built in the 18th century over an ancient Roman temple, this church was influenced by Mannerism and Baroque styles. It has two bell towers attached to the main facade. In the interior, your attention should be drawn to the main altar in gilt carved wood and the baptismal font. It is a wonderful church that must not be missed if you are in the city of Fundao.
Alpedihna is a small village is located near Fundao and it is a village of high historical value, set in the middle of pine trees and orchards. There are several archaeological findings that account for the existence of a former Roman village in the region.