Village of Oímbra
The neighbourhood of O Castelo is a nut-shaped block that sits right under the parish church, in the highest part of the historic village. From here an old road of medieval origin leads, along a route of approx 150 metres leading up to the temple of Santa Maria. In one of the houses located in this neighbourhood, known as the Casa do Cabido (Town house), there is a coat of arms on which there are two rampant lions facing each other, holding a column reminiscent of the Lions Gate of the distant Mycenae, in Mediter-ranean Greece, which tells us of the universality and the values that different cultures gave to this powerful animal. On the shield, of cornered typology, they also carved two towers on strips connected to each other by a staircase. It has a quarter shape and is sur-rounded by a circular border.