Welcome to Idanha-a-Velha
Moors were next on the scene, and the cathedral was turned into a mosque during their tenure. They, in turn, were driven out by the Knights Templar in the 12th century. It’s believed that a 15th-century plague virtually wiped out the town’s population, with survivors going on to found Idanha-a-Nova about 20km to the southwest. However, the townspeople’s misfortune is our luck, since they left the town virtually intact. Today a small population of shepherds and farmers live amid the Roman, Visigothic and medieval ruins.