In the footsteps of Viriato
The existing Roman epigraphy in the village, both funerary and votive, is a dramatic attempt not to forget the dead, nor those who made the vow to the gods.
We find three clear examples of these stelae from two millennia ago on the north exterior wall of the parish church, highlighting the middle one, dedicated to the Divine Light, constituting a very important altar both for representing a very characteristic deity (the morning star or planet Venus) and for its presence being an indication of the existence of a Roman temple in its vicinity.
Also, a few meters away, in the Plaza Mayor, we can contemplate a set of four stelae, standing out for its curiosity the funerary type dedicated to Viriato, which helps to feed and perpetuate the legend of the incombustible Portuguese shepherd, although it is known that in this case it is a copy or “modern” forgery.
If you want to see the original you will have to go to the Interpretation Center, although it is a Viriato that has nothing to do with the famous Portuguese shepherd.
Two millennia of history captured in stones on which the Romans managed to transcend the names, age, family, etc. of their deceased. A success in their efforts to be remembered thanks to the indelible and quasi-permanent character of stone printing.