Stone Art in Gondramaz


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Climbing up Lousã’s Mountain, from the town of Miranda do Corvo, we find Gondramaz, a xisto village where time seems to have stopped.

Arriving near of the top of the mountain, the village rises up from the soil and, shyly, it shows itself between the vegetation.

The feeling is wonderful. All senses are stimulated. The vision gets imaginary. It seems we are walking on the roofs. The information plaques indicate the most important places of the village and show us its secrets.

The hearing gets involved in a strong sound, music, a staff written through the sound of bees’ wings. The smell amazes us, a strong, intense odour, of nature’s green. The taste blends with the delicious flavour of the chestnuts that stand on the floor.

At the bottom of the village, a harsh sound of a cadenced beating… someone is working the stone, an art made of its roughness; worked, however, with the love that comes from the artisan’s hands… Gondramaz’ statues are a true reference, a local ex-libris. Remembering Saints or more popular characters, they have, within themselves, time, nature and life’s wisdom.

It’s worth to chat with the artisans and understand the meaning of the growing statue, understand the work’s process, understand the material and the artisan’s soul.

After visiting the village, there is still an invitation – hiking the mountain’s trails. Throughout the climbing, we notice several sightseeings to the town and to the mountains, with a unique beauty, of vegetation that glides and absorbs the pronounced depression until the mountain’s base, ending on a green euphoria.

The fauna hides on the flora’s cluster, showing itself shyly every now and then.

Deer and wild boars will share with the adventurers the pedestrian tours that are in front of our eyes and guide us through this hiking.

Once arrived at the top, we face with a God’s painting. The climbs and the depressions, the several green tones, the all landscape seems to have no end and our eyes flood with so much beauty.

The trail goes on, through rough roads, leading us to the abandoned village of Cadaval. This is another magnificent example of a typical mountain village. Although it is abandoned and it suffered a big fire that destroyed it, the village still bears the streets and xisto walls’ testimony of the several houses. The landscape appeals to relaxation and contemplation.

Walking a little further, we return to our starting point.


Source: Official Site of Miranda do Corvo at www.mirandadocorvo.com [texto adaptado]
Photos: AS / Dueceira