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Reconquered by the Christians in the eleventh century, this town had previously been occupied by the Romans and the Arabs, who each left behind them distinct traces of their presence.

The Romanesque parish church is considered by many to be one of the finest in the country.

In a region where farming is still by far the most important activity, Sernancelhe is particularly famous for its chestnut production.

In the surrounding region, the monastery of Nossa Senhora da Assunção at Tabosa, the last monastery founded by the Cistercian Order in Portugal, is well worth a visit, as is the shrine of Senhora da Lapa, where an important religious festival is held every 15 August.