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The Quinta da Fonte Frade is a natural space in Serra do Caramulo, in lugar do Paúl, from parish of S. João do Monte, In west of Caramulo the oceanic slope, where once lived a Friar after the law of 30 May 1834, by which it declared extinct all convents, monasteries, schools, hospices, and any other houses of regular religious orders, its values were secularized and incorporated in the National Treasury, to Joaquim António de Aguiar was given nickname of the Friar Killer.
It is a mountainous area of granitic origin in the North, and the schist in the South. Carqueja, the strawberry tree, oak Iberian, green grasslands, dominated its flora. The fauna is rich especially in birds endangered, being populated by the salamander and green lizard.
The surrounding area is populated by villages with houses and granaries in typical granite of the region. Having this populated area from pre-history to the Romans and Celts, you can still find some traces of that era, such as dolmens, stone pathways, bridges, aqueducts, culverts and Celtic cemeteries. It also has a vast wealth of shrines and crosses, most notably "via sacra da Abóbada".
The secular chapels also show the most beautiful stories of belief and love. The biggest highlight is the Lady of Deliverance, patron saint of the village of Belazeima. People say that a man hermit from these lands, wanted to marry a first cousin, and for that, went to Rome to ask the Vatican Papal authorization. In return the boat was adrift at sea. Then the hermit, in gratitude to our Lady of Deliverance built a chapel where you could see the waters of the sea. And so, today we continue to experience history while we look across the coastline for miles.
On September 30, 1746, the bishop of Viseu, D. Julio de Oliveira, who was visiting the parishes of his diocese, ministered chrism in the matrix of the Arca's Holy Spirit, in the county at the time of St. John Mount and today Oliveira de Frades. There were many years that so far apart people sumed on the west slope of the Serra do Caramulo, not docked one Prelate.
It was a real event in the region, faithful flocked, boasters, not only by curiosity to see their Bishop, who for most of that rude people constituted a kind of semi-god, but also to receive the Confirmation sacrament, that no one boasted of receiving it by those surroundings, unless a cure or abbot, when attended the Seminar..
The small church was overflowing of people, and in front of the main door, the transom door and the sacristy, had gathered a huge crowd.
Among all, as much or more than the bishop himself aroused the curiosity of one man who had a long beard, height more than regular, hollow cheeks, eyes gone and sad, drooping head on the chest topping. He wore a long robe of sackcloth. Seemed sixty years, but he did not exceeded the fifty-two, and he was born in the place of Benfeitas, parish Destriz, current county Oliveira de Frades, then by the year 1694 or 1695.
Should have possessed strong muscles, because despite the hardships, deep dislikes and arduous work that had passed, his wingspan denoted a stiff construction.
Plácido Francisco (his name, so written in the book of the parish seats).
The Hermit was called Plácido Francisco noble son of wealthy family in the area. One day he met his first cousin, beautiful dark-skinned green eyes protruding breasts and brown hair, and fell in love.
Laura, name of his cousin, that only later realized the cousin's passion and from there to romance was a leap. The family, at all costs tried to avoid their trysts. So the happy cousin started to get sad by family disapproval and became a fragile girl and sick.
Placido tried at any cost to obtain an authorization for marry with her cousin.
As the process was time consuming, decided to go to Rome to Pope.
In return, the galleon that was carrying was hit by two storms that did get him adrift in the ocean.
After two months without food and after so ask Sr.ª do Livramento, he was found on the coast of Aveiro.
When it came to land, soon knew that Laurinha had died by sadness of not seeing your loved one.
Then Plácido became Hermit from the chapel that he built in the Caramulo, from where you could see the sea waters.
When it came to old age built a tomb in one piece of granite that he didn't use but it is in Matadegas, village charter of King Afonso Henrriques who offered his chamberlain Egas Moniz.
Died in Carvalhos near Porto.
From the book: O Ermitão