The legend says that the name “Viana do Castelo” comes from the following story:

Once upon a time a merchant sailor that transported goods in his boat down the river (Lima) docked at the town’s harbour and walking throught the streets of the town he feel in love with a happy woman called Ana. The obsession was such that he only had eyes for her and only talked about her. Due to that, the converstaion was allwas something like:

“Viram a Ana?” – Did you see Ana?
“Sim, vi a Ana!” – Yes, I did see Ana! – or –
“Hoje vi a Ana, vi a Ana, vi a Ana!!!” – I saw Ana today, I saw Ana, I saw Ana!!! (an expression of joy)

Because he repeated so much “vi a Ana” (in portuguese it sounds like “viana” due to the melody of the language that connects all the vowels between words) the name got stuck to the city. The name “Viana” allways existed allong with others (Viana de Riba do Minho, Viana do Lima, Viana de Caminha, Viana da Foz do Lima) but it was only in 1848 when the queen D.Maria II promoted the town into city that it got it’s actual name: Viana do Castelo.

But remember, this is only a legend! The town was actually founded by the king D.Afonso III by royal decree in 1258.

Panorama taken from the same place as the photo below suggested.

Viana do Castelo – Portugal


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Panorama made with two simple photos

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  • julie08
    julie08almost 2 years ago

    Nice shot João – and lovely history :)

  • Thanks Julie! Well, it’s a lovely cuntry, what can I do? lol

    – João Figueiredo

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandalmost 2 years ago

    Always an education mate :-)

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  • knowledge is the key Derek! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • trish725
    trish725almost 2 years ago

    Wow! That is a fantastic view and wonderfully captured, Joao :-)

  • Thank you so very much Trish for the great comment and fave! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williamsalmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic view Joao….must of been wonderful to look at!!

  • Worth the visit, I tell you Mark!! Thanks so much for the comment and fave! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012almost 2 years ago

    Beautiful scenic view Joao.
    Love Colleen2012

  • Thanks so much for the visit and compliment Colleen!! :)

    – João Figueiredo

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  • Thanks POP’s! Really appreciated! :)

    – João Figueiredo

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  • Muito obrigado Tereza! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Janone
    Janonealmost 2 years ago

    Hi Joäo.
    Very nice Namestory, I read it with a smile. Thanks.
    I do have a little niece, who is named Ana.
    She is living in New Zealand.
    From now on I shall call her “Viana do Zea”….lol

  • LOL amazing Jan!! I would love to hear that lol Thanks for the feedback, I loved it!! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 2 years ago

    Oooh, what a fabulous view, Joao!! Wonderful work!!!

  • Thanks once again Laurie, very nice of you to take time to come here, write nice things and fave my photos! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Joao!

  • Thank you so much!! Much appreciated!

    – João Figueiredo

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