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An Ancient Tiny Chapel
While wandering around the historic district in Chaves, Portugal, I came upon a tiny chapel that had green doors with metal decorations across their large openings. I couldn't get into the chapel, but I could look in. I found out that this is the Capela De Santa Catarina. In 1249, a hostel and the Capela de Santa Catarina were built next to the castle in Chaves. Many battles were fought in the area and as many years went by, the chapel was in ruins. In 1681, the governor of the district ordered the little chapel repaired and moved to its present spot. I was really interested in this 12th century chapel that was rebuilt in the 17th century. The structure was sound. The facade was that of plain granite stone with a graceful portico. The date - 1681 - is engraved over the door. Finding treasures like this one make travels such an interesting adventure. When you see something that interests you, it gives you an opportunity to do some research and find out more about its history. This was a well preserved building in ancient Chaves in Northern Portugal.
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