History

With traces of Roman occupation from the Neolithic, the region hosted communities of farmers and herders in turn influenced local communities. During the Roman and Visigoth Colonization field of integrated rural Alte evolves in large Roman villa property for autonomous peasant community border – Sierra, maintaining trade relations with coastal cities. In the Muslim period, Alte becomes a fortified settlement and adjacent lands are developed new farming techniques and crops of almond, carob and fig. The Arab and Berber cultures decisively marked the local architecture. After the Christian conquest of the Algarve, the landlord of Alte is established till the twentieth century.

Cultural Heritage

Mother Church With the previous century foundation. XV, the church has undergone renovations in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, currently featuring an interior consists of three naves separated by arches supported by strong columns . The highlight will necessarily of the beautiful sixteenth-century paneled dome, covered by tiles of the eighteenth century, blue and white and rich baroque carvings. The portal and the fonts are in Manueline. The gilded carved altarpieces of the chapels of Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Nossa Senhora do Rosário and São Francisco contrasts with polychrome tiles lining the Chapel of St. Sebastian. Beautiful images of Santa Teresa, the seventeenth century, and Nossa Senhora do Rosário and Santa Margarida, eighteenth century, complete the decoration of the church.