The first references to S. Pedro do Corval date from the beginning of the 17th century, with the designation of Aldeia do Mato. It was a small settlement a few kilometers from Monsaraz, the main village of the county at that time. The small village was already a parish in 1620, being the seat at Our Lady of the Rosary Hermitage and depending from Monsaraz Parish; from its priest depended some small settlements, among which Aldeia do Mato. In the 20th century, the ancient name – Aldeia do Mato – was changed by the decree of September 17th 1948, taking finally the present name of São Pedro do Corval. It is Head of the Parish, and aggregates the Settlements of Santo António do Baldio and Carrapatelo.

It is thus a community with many lives lived around clay, the art of pottery, since ancestral times to the present day, once that the master potters gave continuity to this multi secular tradition of making clay pieces, which constitute a Genuine mirror of rural life and customs of our ancestors.

Among pots, potter’s wheels and kilns, we find unique traditional practical pieces that take us to ancient times when the clay was moulded according to the needs of the work in the fields and the humble lives of Alentejo. We currently find true works of art in São Pedro do Corval, whether in shape or decoration – the pottery painting – made with an ancestral knowledge and with a unique aesthetic of the region. Combined with the unique live experience of being able to see the clay being moulded by the expert hands of the master potter at his wheel and to share his knowledge and experiences, São Pedro do Corval, with more than two dozen pottery shops in constant operation, is by excellence the largest pottery centre in the country and one of the largest in the Iberian Peninsula.

Marta Prates

Marta Sofia Chilrito Prates

Mayor of Reguengos de Monsaraz

Message from the Mayor of Reguengos de Monsaraz

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Marta Sofia Chilrito Prates
Mayor of Reguengos de Monsaraz

APTCVC Representatives

Vereador Antonio Fialho - Reguengos-de-Monsaraz

Vereador Antonio Fialho, Reguengos-de-Monsaraz