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The Enigma of Sistelo's Viscounts [Arcos Valdevez]

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Hidden : 6/30/2005
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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*Port* A cache encontra-se nas imediações da aldeia de Sistelo. É necessário descobrir duas datas, inscritas em dois edifícios da aldeia, para obter as coordenadas da cache. *Eng* The cache is nearby the village of Sistelo. It is necessary to find two dates, inscribed in two village buildings, to obtain the cache coordinates.

*Português*

Ainda o Vez é apenas um riacho, nascido há pouco nas serranias da Peneda, quando passa junto a Sistelo, uma pequeníssima aldeia encravada num vale dos contrafortes do Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês. Provavelmente não haveria nada de particularmente notável a assinalar sobre esta terra, não fora o facto de aqui terem vivido Manuel António Gonçalves Roque e Boaventura Gonçalves Roque, os primeiros viscondes de, respectivamente, Sistelo e Rio Vez. Estava-se no reinado de D. Luis I, nos idos de mil oitocentos e tal. Os dois irmãos fizeram fortuna no Brasil e, uma vez regressados, conquistaram as graças reais, recebendo os títulos.
Instalaram-se em Sistelo, tendo Manuel Roque iniciado a construção de um singular castelo, sobranceiro ao vale, do qual por muitos anos apenas restaram as graníticas paredes, ostentando ainda com orgulho o brasão da família. Atualmente o edifício encontra-se reconstruído. Os viscondes contribuíram generosamente para as gentes de Sistelo, tendo, por exemplo, custeado a construção da escola local.
As coordenadas indicadas acima referem-se à entrada da aldeia. Poderá deixar o carro nas proximidades. Aproveite para apreciar a vista sobre o vale e localizar a curiosa fachada do castelo dos viscondes.
Mas vamos à cache. Esta encontra-se nos arredores da aldeia. As coordenadas são:

N 41 58,XXX W 8 22,YYY

Em que XXX e YYY são obtidos a partir das seguintes fórmulas:

XXX = 333+2*(data1-1800)
“data1” é a data de construção da escola de Sistelo.

YYY = 107+2*(data2-1800)
“data2” é a data de construção do jazigo da família dos viscondes.

As duas datas encontram-se inscritas nos respectivos edifícios, ambos localizados na aldeia. Apenas é necessário encontrá-los… Não se preocupe: a aldeia é mesmo pequena!

Após ter decifrado as coordenadas, deverá seguir a pé até ao local da cache.

Boa caçada!

*English*

The Vez is still only a brook when it passes close to Sistelo, a small village in the slope of a valley, in the border of Peneda-Gerês National Park. There wouldn’t be much to say about this place, if it weren’t for the fact this was the home of Manuel António Gonçalves Roque and Boaventura Gonçalves Roque, the first viscounts of, respectively, Sistelo and Rio Vez. It was the kingdom of D. Luis I, in the nineteenth century.
The two brothers made fortune in Brazil and, once returned, obtained the titles. In Sistelo, Manuel Roque started the construction of a very singular castle, looking over the valley, of which, for many years, the granite walls were the only thing left, proudly displaying the family’s coat of arms. The building has now been rebuilt. The viscounts contributed generously to the people of Sistelo, having, for instance, paid for the local school.
The coordinates indicated above refer to the village’s entrance. You may leave the car in the vicinity. Take the opportunity to admire the view over the valley and locate the curious front of the viscount’s castle.
The cache itself is in the village surroundings. Its coordinates are:

N 41 58,XXX W 8 22,YYY

Where XXX e YYY are obtained from the following formulas:

XXX = 333+2*(date1-1800)
"date1" is the date of construction of Sistelo’s school.

YYY = 107+2*(date2-1800)
"date2" is the date of construction of the viscounts’ family mausoleum.

Both dates are inscribed on the corresponding buildings, both located in the village. You only have to find them... Don’t worry: the village is really small! These translations might be helpful for your search: school = “escola”, mausoleum = “jazigo”, viscount = “visconde”.

After deciphering the coordinates, you must follow on foot to the cache location.

Good hunting!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[Port] N rfpbyn grz ntben bhgen svanyvqnqr... B wnmvtb rapbagen-fr ceókvzb qn vterwn, znf aãb ab przvgéevb.
[Eng] Gur fpubby abj vf hfrq sbe nabgure checbfr... Gur znhfbyrhz vf arne gur puhepu, ohg abg va gur przvgrel

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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