Castelo de Campo Maior, Campo Maior

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The Castle of Campo Maior is a medieval military fortification, in the civil parish of São João Bapista, municipality of Campo Maior, part of a first line of defense in the Portuguese Alentejo, oriented towards Spain, in conjunction with the military forts of Ouguela, Elvas, Olivença and Juromenha. It is a walled bulwark of the modern era, highlighted by a Renaissance-era window in the northern tower of the castle. It has been listed as a National monument since 1911.HistoryOwing the regions occupation by successive tribes of Celts, Romans and Muslims, it is likely that the territory of Campo Maior has been settled during the pre-historic epochs. The land of Campo Maior was definitively conquered from the Moors by the forces of Kingdom of León in 1230. The first foral (charter) was issued by the Bishop of Badajoz thirty years after this event.Eventually, the castle was conquered by the Portuguese in 1295-1296, and integrated into the national territory in 1297, under the Treaty of Alcanizes. In order to maintain the peace between Spain and Portugal, King Denis ordered the reconstruction of the fortress in 1310, oriented toward his Iberian rivals. These fortifications were extended and rehabilitation during the 15th and 16th century completed, during the reigns of his successors John and Manuel, designed by Duarte d'Armas.
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  • November 15, 2016
    We did a back to the Castle. .. At the gate we were greeted by noisy dogs that left us scared to approach. ...
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  • September 14, 2016
    The castle of Campo Maior, conveys a sense of grandeur and defense of Portugal. Has had some conservation interventions and needs continuity in works of conservation.
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  • August 25, 2016
    Nice small castle to visit and have a nice view of the city. the visit does not last very long time there is not much to see.
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