Viana do Castelo is a fascinating city situated in the north of Portugal, near the mouth of the river Lima.
It was established in the 13th century and much of what happens in this story is inspired on the strength of its people, legends and traditions.
'I saw Ana of the Castle'
Legend has it that the origins of its name can be traced back to a love story about a beautiful young maiden named Ana who lived in a castle and a young man who fell in love with her. Each time he spied her up in her window, he declared:
'Vi a Ana do castelo!'
('I saw Ana of the Castle')
And that was how people began calling the place
‘Viana do Castelo’.
The region’s filigree jewelry is one of the reasons Viana de Castelo is known internationally today.
Inspired by a technic brought by the Arabs, the region’s filigree has a very characteristic distinct imagery and is most widely known for its beautiful hearts, intricately worked in gold, known as