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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Travel BRANDON June A Conference centre Vltit QVf WAMftft At hi Art RBOR1 Portu Rural regions offer enticing landscapes and medieval fortresses rich in myth BY NICK WILSON Associated Press Portugal The skulls of hundreds of medieval monks stare out of an ancient chapels chilly walls in this mythrich region where Arab fortresses from Crusader times keep watch over an enticing land scape of vineyards and cork and olive The Alentejo province is mostly arid but it is a majestic and littleknown cor ner of one of the worlds top 20 tourist a country of 10 million enjoys one of Europes lowest crime The Alentejo is a world away from the cultural sophistication of the or the mass sunandsand tourism of the southern Algarve But this fanning province is anything but It offers a Roman tem ple rising from a medieval town a palace where the last king of Portugal whiled away his days writ ing and decorating Portuguese menu cards centuriesold fortresses sprouting from the plains and an ancient market town at the heart of Portugals wine Its as if nothings changed for says Mike a British a fortified town whose nar winding streets and many of its inhabitants fit snugly within its medieval is the regions main Perhaps its main attraction is a hill top Roman temple whose graceful columns stand alone in a square that is faced on one side by the Pousada dos a former 15thcentury convent where you can dine in elegant Use Spains are castles and monasteries or vents converted into upmarket Then there is the Great Square cen tred on a 15thcentury fountain and lined with shops beneath medieval arch about 100 kilometres east of is a symphony of architectural 7fs as if nothings changed for 99 styles and A block away from the Great the 12thcentury cathedrals soaring arches grace a building that has a serene cloister and a Sacred Art Next door is the gruesome Chapel of a testimonial to the thrift of 16thcentury church When they wanted to use the towns 42 monastic cemeteries as real the authorities dug up the bodies and covered the walls and pillars of the chapel with the skulls and bones of about whispers of visitors drift out of its claustrophobic whose quietness is occasionally disturbed by children saying Ugh For lighter visitors can leisurely admire Evora museums col lection of Renaissance sculpture and Leaving the you pass through the sprawling agricultural estates spread in a style of farming that Julius Caesar founded when he divided up the land on Roman conquest from Celtic The landowners white manor houses top the gen tle bills of their surveying the lines of olive and cork trees and vines that stretch to the The lands It just opens up before says Joaquina a secretary from the nearby village of Legend tells of Hannibal marching his North African army with its war ele phants through this gentle landscape to cross the Alps and storm Rome in 218 Outside the town of Terena is the site of a Carthaginian temple where Hannibals Amiliar made offerings of gold and which Caesars troops plundered in 63 The Arabs followed in the eighth century and stayed in the Alentejo for 500 The old women dressed w tradition al black clothes and who sit by fountains in orange treelined seem to hint at its Arab her MrFluil Tuw New website com Folktorama Dinner theatre August 8 9 Ftnm grt 18004420611 people walk past a 15th century fountain by the St Airtao church in the Giraldo Great Square in the heart of Evoras historical in the Alentejo region of A world away from the cultural sophistication of the or the mass sunandsand tourism of the southern Algarve the Alentejo covers an area the size of Greater Washington At tourists admire the ceiling of the 16th century Chapel of When they wanted to use the towns 42 monastic cemeteries as real the authorities dug up the bodies and covered the walls and pillars of the chapel with the skulls and bones of about tourists pass by the Roman Temple of The Alentejo province is a majestic and littleknown comer of one of the worlds top 20 tourist TI ff r 4 KING BEDS Jelled Private Satellite fwifcy A Traditional Honeymoon Destination WEST HAWK tt MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS BUSINESS MEETINGS NOW ADDED SHILU HUN NOW 2O4729 3332 18888845533 Mali Welcome to Sun Holidays 5714570 Puerto vaiWa artlxMI Puerto VWvta 1011 Viiradwi Hotyuin MiaOwa i 12 Puerto Plata ilindusnt lFioo Toronto iMwUWoBay leubgu Inn Wlultig C mgjtt 1 909 From Toronto 7 748P FT uxtontab Italian Rawssance 9 Best linade Cabin 5W B Oewrtuw ;