At one point this was countryside right next to the castle keep in Guarda. In the highest town in Portugal, the city developed naturally on the south slope of the mountain, and only much later did houses like this started to crop up on the other sides. Unfortunately unkempt, it is a prime example of the 20th century traditional revival, not at the level of a Raul Lino, but still planned with restraint and some lovely features here and there such as the eyebrow roof over a large glass wall. The theme of the Gothic-like window transoms (with some imagination one can see them derived from English Gothick) is echoed on the stone trim with its arches and “pointy ears”. After all, we are but a stone’s throw from one of the country’s largest Medieval Cathedrals.
Private house, Guarda