The Marcha dos Veteranos (Veterans’ Walk) takes visitors from Oliveira do Hospital to Bobadela and presents them with remnants that date back to prehistory and a vast Roman heritage.
Distance 14.6 km
Highest point519 m
Lowest point373 m
The Schist Walking Trail of Oliveira do Hospital - Marcha dos Veteranos is a circular route that begins and ends at the Dr. Oliveira Mano Garden, in Oliveira do Hospital. We leave the city towards Bobadela, a place rich in Roman heritage, with the amphitheatre and the forum as well as the Dr. António Simões Saraiva Municipal Museum. We pass by the Santa Ana Chapel, the dolmen at Pinheiro dos Abraços, the Anthropomorphic Sepulchres of Gorgulão and the chapel of Senhora da Luz [Lady of Light]. We arrive at Bobadela along paved streets. We then follow in the direction of the S. Sebastião chapel and continue our route to Oliveira do Hospital, passing through the Dona Maria Emília Vasconcelos House and Museum Foundation, the Ferreiros Chapel [Blacksmith’s Chapel] and the giant linden tree.
Pay attention to the Roman heritage marking the route. Admire the largest linden tree in the country in the churchyard of Capela dos Ferreiros [the Blacksmith's Chapel].
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Here the visitor is confronted with amazing portraits and delighted hideaways. The records that date back to prehistory together with so many other records throughout the county reflect the grandeur of this region. The current county was born at the time of the 2nd crusade, when in São João de Jerusalém, in the Holy Land, is founded a hospital that receives the sick pilgrims, cripples and victims of attacks and robberies, in the long journey that would take them to the Holy Sepulchre. The chapel of greater historical significance included in the main church building complex is undoubtedly the beautiful Ferreiros Chapel in Gothic style, leans against the side of the Envangelho, between São Brás and the Tower. Traditionally is known as Senhora da Graça and the time of construction dates back to the XIII-XIV centuries. It is classified as a National Monument. In the churchyard of the Chapel can be found the largest linden tree "Linden tomentosa Moench” of the country, with more than 25 meters high and 4 meters in diameter, classified as Public Interest.
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"Dr. Oliveira Mano Park, Oliveira do Hospital. Oliveira de Hospital Municipality N 40°21.587' W 7°51.705' " (503 m)
"Dr. Oliveira Mano Park, Oliveira do Hospital. Oliveira de Hospital Municipality N 40°21.587' W 7°51.705' "
This circular trail starts in Jardim Dr. Oliveira Mano (public garden), we cross the garden, climb a few steps and face the Santa Ana chapel. Turning left and then right we are at the main paved road. After the paved roads we leave towards the agricultural fields and go in direction of the Anta do Pinheiro (dolmen). A little further on we turn right onto a dirt road that will take us to the anthropomorphic graves of Gorgulão. We follow the trail and get to Senhora da Luz, where we can see the existence chapel that has the same name. Along cobble stone streets we arrive to Bobadela, a rich Roman heritage site, with the Roman amphitheater and it's ruins and where we can notoriously see the arch several objects of the time. The trail leaves Bobadela and goes towards São Sebastião chapel. From here the trail goes on a dirt road till we find a paved road. At the roundabout the trail goes straight to the center of Oliveira do Hospital where the House Museum of the Foundation of Dona Maria Vasconcelos Cabral, the Ferreiros chapel and the classified linden tree can be found. This are some of the best points of interest on the trail.