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Bom Caminho!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2019 - 2nd part Crato - Flor da Rosa, Stage 13, 2017 ..

***2019 - 2nd Part Stage 13, Alter do Chao to Crato(+ 11 km) and to Flor da Rosa, in total about 28,4 km.*** *Helli Gruppe, Baden Deutschland, Erste Woche April, Alentejo und Beira Region, 7 Tage/ 7 Etappen, Internet-Führung 1 Tag im voraus.* -Between Fronteira and Crato, orientation on N245(former Via Romana), passing Alter do Chao after about 17km, and another 11km to Crato. Total distance about 28+ kms between Fronteira and Crato. -Possible detour by Castelo de Vide(eau minérale), about 5 km extra to Crato, on Camino to Babajoz(Via de la Plata from Seville). -In Alter do Chao one should visit: Coudelaria de Alter, Tapada do Arneiro(Stables with Lusitanian horses). -After a break in Alter do Chao it is about 11+ km to Crato by the old Roman Road, now N245 for orientation. Behind Crato on the Caminho, direction Nisa, Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Flor da Rosa, Crato - Monastry - Pousada tel. 00351 245 997 201/211. -Must visit: - Pottery School - Escola de Olaria de Flor da Rosa, Crato, - Barros Flor da Rosa for your own Labels. -In Alter do Chao we find shops, cafés, restaurants, Mercado Municipal and souvenirs, before after a break the last part of today's stage to Crato - Flor da Rosa. *Turismo de Flor da Rosa inside of Monastry, Email: / *Mosteiro Flor da Rosa - Crato - Pousada Email: / // *Rest. Adega Crato, tel. 00351 245 996 292 / *Rest. "O Recanto" Crato, tel. 00351 245 997 210 / *Hostal Flor da Rosa - Crato, Email: / *Casa do Largo - Crato Email: / *Bombeiros Voluntários de Crato, Email: / *Câmara Municipal de Crato - Email: / *Posto da GNR en Crato - N° at Turismo de Crato. Tomorrow is probably going to be a beautiful sunny walking-day on your Caminho following Roman footsteps. --------------------------------------------------------------- ***Stage 13 Fronteira - Crato - Flor da Rosa, total 28,4 km. *** /2014/ Alter do Chao - Crato 12,5 Km plus Crato - Flor da Rosa 2,4 km. Leaving Alter do Chao heading North by EN245 direction Crato. After a break in Crato we continue following EN245 upto the Convent of Flôr da Rosa. *Along our Way we reach: Igreja Matriz do Crato, Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, Hospitalários-Cruz de Malta. *Posto de Turismo de Flor da Rosa, Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa, Tel. 00351 245 997 341. *Câmara Municipal de Crato, Praca do Municipio, Crato, Tel. 00351 245 990 110, *Bombeiros Voluntários de Crato e Mártires, Flor da Rosa 1208, Tel. 00351 245 990 030. *Posto de GNR-Police de Crato, Tel. 00351 245 996 275. *Museu Municipal de Crato, Tel. 00351 245 990 115. *Biblioteca Municipal do Crato, Tel. 00351 245 990 112. *Espaco Internet de Crato, Edificio Biblioteca Municipal, Tel. 00351 245 997 150. **Mosteiro Flor da Rosa, Pousada-Hotel, Flor da Rosa, Crato, Tel. 00351 245 997 210. *Café "A Cascata" Crato, EN245, Tel. 00351 245 996 468. *Café-Restaurante "Tasca Flor", Flor da Rosa, Tel.00351 245 996 312. *Restaurante "O Recanto", Flor da Rosa Crato, Tel. 00351 245 996 112. *Restaurante "Adega" Crato, Tel. 00351 245 996 292. *Restaurante "Flor da Rosa" Crato, Tel. 00351 245 997 210. *Hostel Flor da Rosa, Flor da Rosa Crato, Tel. 00351 245 997 027. *Casa do Largo, Placa do Municipio, beside Câmara Municipal Crato, Tel. 00351 245 997 001. Placeta de Flor da Rosa - *T.R., Flor da Rosa, Tel. 00351 245 996 451. *Solar "A Flor da Rosa", Flor da Rosa Crato, Tel.00351 245 996 550. ---------------------------------------------------------------
More Historical Information very soon. Iter Stellarum, Bom Caminho! --------------------------------------------------------------- **2017 - FESTIVAL DE CRATO - 21 A 26 AGOSTO. ** -CRATO UMA DAS VILAS MAIS IMPORTANTES DA ERA MEDIEVAL, -FOI UMA DAS SEDES DA ORDEM DE MALTA, -HISTÓRIA E LEGADO: Castelos, Pontes Romanos, Fontes e Igrejas marcam o Património Local, -Santo Condestável terá nascido na Flor da Rosa, junto à Vila de Crato. *Mosteiro da Flor da Rosa, hoje é uma POUSADA. *No interior do Mosteiro há uma Exposicao sobre a sua Fundacao. *Pelourinho fica no Largo do Municipio. *A Igreja Matriz é uma das mais importantes da Vila do Crato. ---------------------------------------------------------------


  1. Baesuris Historical CuttingsFebruary 17, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Crato - Flor da Rosa.
    Some kms south of Nisa, next Stage, the road back to Estremoz EN245, we come to Flor da Rosa, the Convent which dates back to 1356.
    It was founded by the Order of Knights Hospitallers of Saint John.
    An eclectic building, with a solid Gothic Cloister, which was used as a Monastery until the end of last Century.
    Nowadays it is a Pousada - Hotel, that can be visited.
    Two royal marriages took place in Crato, a few kilometers south on the same EN245-road.
    The first was that of King Manuel I, who married Leonor of Spain in 1518(his third marriage), the second was seven years later when King Joao III married Catarina of Spain.
    The main square of Crato is dominated by a splendid
    15th-Century stone veranda, the "Varanda do Grao-Prior", which is all that survives of the former priors' residence in the town.
    Bom Caminho.

  2. CRATO, puisque vous êtes venu jusqu'ici, pourquoi ne pas faire une courte halte à Crato, siège de l'ordre de Malte.
    Étonnant contraste entre la petite taille du village et la fière allure des demeures qu'il a conservées.
    Admirer en particulier la magnifique galerie à arcades ornant l'entrée de ce qui devint, dès la seconde moitié du XVe siècle, la nouvelle résidence des grands prieurs de l'ordre de Malte.
    Sur la même place, harmonieux palais du XVIIe siècle.
    À 2 km le château "MOSTEIRO DE FLOR DA ROSA", un monastère-forteresse du XVe siècle, situé
    près du village de Crato, à 24 km de Portalegre et à 3
    km de la gare de Crato.
    Édifié par le premier prieur de l'ordre des Chevaliers de Malte au Portugal.
    Flor da Rosa servit tout à la fois de palais fortifié, de monastère et d'église, ainsi que de résidence au prieur.
    À la fin du XIXe siècle, à la suite d'infiltrations d'eau, l'église s'effondra.
    Elle fut reconstruite dans les années 1940 avec peu de moyens et beaucoup de bonne volonté.
    Architecture massive et pourtant élégante, il faut visiter au moins l´Office de Tourisme dans le Château,
    Tel. 00351 245 997 341.
    Iter Stellarum, Bom Caminho.

  3. Baesuris Historical CuttingsMarch 7, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Crato, with 2 Roman Bridges close by, was from the mid-14th Century on, the Headquarters of a Branch of the Hospitallers, known as the Order of Crato.
    The last of its Grand Priors was Dom António, a bastard of Infante Luis and Violante Gomes, who in1580 was the rival of Philip II of Spain, in his claim of the Portuguese Throne.
    As early as 1350, Crato became the seat of a Priory for the Order of the Knights Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem, which later became the Order of the Knights of Malta.
    The title of Grand Prior of Crato was bestowed up until
    the late 16th Century.
    In 1356 the Command of the Knights' Residence was transfered to the Monastery-Fortress in the neighbouring village of Flor da Rosa.
    Crato however retained its role as a Priory.
    Crato's Castle was burnt in 1662 by Don Juan of Austria, but some of the old houses can still be seen.
    Mosteiro de Flor da Rosa.
    The Monastery-Fortress of the Order of the Knights of Malta was built in 1356 by Prior Àlvaro Goncalves Pereira, father of Nuno Àlvares Pereira, who defeated the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota.
    Within the Monastery-Fortress a group of fortified buildings are connected inside of a crenellated perimeter wall.
    The Church has extremely well been restored, the simplicity of its lines and the height of its nave are outstanding.
    The small flower-decked cloisters in the center are robust in design, but are given an overall elegance by their graceful Late Gothic network vaulting.
    The Refectory has beautiful vaulting supported by 3 twisted columns.
    The village of Flor da Rosa is since long, a center for manufacturing of Pottery, specialy "Cacoila", round cooking bowls.
    ****Mosteiro de Flor da Rosa - Pousada, Crato, , Tel. 00351 245 997 210.
    Bom Caminho.