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Citania de Briteiros, Guimaraes

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The Citânia de Briteiros is a Castro culture archaeological site located in the civil parish of Briteiros São Salvador e Briteiros Santa Leocádia in the municipality of Guimarães; important for its size, "urban" form and developed architecture, it is one of the more excavated sites in northwestern Iberian Peninsula. Although primarily known as the remains of an Iron Age proto-urban hill fort (or oppidum), the excavations at the site have revealed evidence of sequential settlement, extending from the Bronze to Middle Ages.HistoryThe site was probably constructed between the first and second century BCE. Notes by Martins Sarmento and from recent explorations show that the Monte de São Romão was a favoured location for rock art engravings of the Atlantic Bronze Age, in the beginning of the first millennium BCE; it is not known when or why this first group left. Numerous early engraved rock surfaces were destroyed when many boulders were cut to build the ramparts and family compounds as the Castro settlement grew. Little is known of the beginnings of the Castro occupation, as no structures from the late Bronze Age have been found. Pottery from the early Iron Age has been found, when the settlement would already have been fortified. The majority of the ruins visible today have been dated from the second Iron Age, especially the last two centuries BCE.
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  • No doubt that Francisco Martins Sarmento was a visionary for his time, while making the discovery and buying the land adjacent to the digging and discovering as I more streets, and houses artifacts from wind power. Pity not to be in a better state of preservation and access more facilitated as well as more information that would facilitate and enriquecesse the visit. Still worth the visit to the Museum in the town of Briteiros where you can meet part of the estate of collected artifacts from the excavations, as well as get to know better the life of Martins Sarmento, a close friend of Camilo Castelo Branco. You can view letters exchanged between both during the last century. Two men ahead of your time.
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  • The extent of this former Roman village site to view what was life in society at the time. Better make a virtual visit on the website before you visit to understand then what you have under your eyes. The staff is charming and full of good advice. Provide good type walking shoes shoes. GPS is essential to find the site.
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  • Amazing place! Knowing this place is knowing a part of the history of portugal and the world! Worth knowing these ruins! Amazing!
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  • O lugar é lindo e milenar. Muito acessível e bem localizado possui vasta área de visitação. Só não recebe 5 estrelas por não ser muito explicativo. Recomendo a visita.
  • Well kept €3 entrance
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  • Interesting. Large area of buildings and walkways. Shame about the crappy power Canal reconstruction of the baths, made in stainless steel!
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  • This open all day just closes at noon q is in the village Museum. Care! Small one has two parking lots at the door and one on the road. They opened the car forcing the lock and stole from us the bags. The Administration could put surveillance or notices in the parking. If you can not park up I would not leave him on the road.
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  • Very nice remains of Roman construction. It remains a part of the streets between the houses...
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