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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  • Nice Castle, but, unfortunately, is closed for renovation, and, if you believe the local residents for a long time. You can only walk along the fortress walls, but enjoy their views interfere with the surrounding buildings. A good view of the Castle from the highway at Elvas
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  • Well-preserved building structural level. However, it could be a lot more careful. Large areas, terraces, towers, access areas are filled with dry vegetation. Along the housing areas, near the chapel inside the Castle, there are old TV antennas abandoned upon the wall. The interior chapel was locked with chain and padlock, like forced doors. After we visited the Castillo De Luna, Spain, left the Castle of Campo Maior very sad. Enjoyed your talk with Mr. takes care of the Castle and souvenir shop, very friendly and helpful, a total delivery for the space. Heritage that deserved more attention from the local authority and the Portuguese State. On the streets, lack of signs for access to the Castle. Lack of trash cans. The walls of the village, is very badly treated, there is even a small chapel along the first wall, full houses and abandoned. Despite a beautiful construction, well preserved the structural level, overall a very sad scenario.
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  • A stunning Castle, which has been long left hand of God and occupied by several families of etnia cigana. Now relocated in a new area of housing. Visit it, but its current state leaves much to be desired, but it is in a State of recovery, and make them part of the bastions cities of La Raya is worth. A great view of the city.
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  • Well-preserved building structural level. However, it could be a lot more careful. Large areas, terraces, towers, access areas are filled with dry vegetation. Along the housing areas, near the chapel inside the Castle, there are old TV antennas abandoned upon the wall. The interior chapel was locked with chain and padlock, like forced doors. After we visited the Castillo De Luna, Spain, left the Castle of Campo Maior very sad. Enjoyed your talk with Mr. takes care of the Castle and souvenir shop, very friendly and helpful, a total delivery for the space. Heritage that deserved more attention from the local authority and the Portuguese State. On the streets, lack of signs for access to the Castle. Despite a beautiful construction, well preserved the structural level, overall a very sad scenario.
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  • The village of Campo Mayor, was conquered by the Portuguese forces at the end of the 13th century. and the King ordered to build a castle on the top of the Hill of Santa Vitoria, to strengthen village and protect the Alentejo with intrusion of Spanish territory. What did. ... But the population grew, and at the end of the 15th century, the area of the fortress was expanded and the surrounding villages were incorporated into the boundaries of the walls. Thus the village has turned into a full-fledged medieval town surrounded by fortress walls, or castle town. 16 September 1732 the castle of Campo Maior was severely damaged. At about three o'clock in the morning, during a heavy storm, the donjon of the Castle, where he was a gunpowder warehouse, struck by lightning. As a result, approximately 6000 kg of gunpowder to detonate. An explosion followed by a fire resulted in the death of people and destroying half the town houses, as well as the destruction of part of the castle wall. Throughout the 20th century restoration works were carried out in the Castle, although elemental no-no yes damage this monument: for example, at the beginning of the year 2010 due to the hurricane happened partially collapse the castle walls.
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  • It's very well maintained
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  • Castle are the exterior walls and some rooms that are filled with stones to restore the building, the installation is correct and the staff get you friendly
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