Panorama over Viana do Castelo

João Figueiredo

Värnamo, Sweden

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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


Canon EOS 550D + 50mm lens + CPL filter
Panorama made with two simple photos

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