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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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  • If you really like to visit ancient ruins, this tour can be interesting, but if not, best pass away. Located just outside the Centre of Guimarães, this place is an ancient settlement from the stone age. The area is huge and for a sunny day (or rather, no chance of rain) to take a 3-hour walk easy. But the view is all very similar and bland. If it weren't for 3 houses were rebuilt as if it was in centuries ago, the place would be boring only. But despite this, know that the entry has good coffee and excellent infrastructure at the reception. To enter the local price is EUR 3.00 per person. This stone age settlement is one of the most important archaeological finds of Portugal. Discovered by Martins Sarmento (1833-1899), one of the first Portuguese archaeologists who bought the land of archaeological deposits with the sole purpose of carrying out systematic excavations, deciding your life to the study of these groups. Archaeological investigations began in 1874 and contains the foundations of 150 stone houses, some of them rebuilt. Of the 21st century. IV century BC to IV of our age, the place was inhabited by Celtic, but must have been in possession of the Romans from 20 BC The trails take visitors through paved roads, underground tanks, sewers and aqueducts. I will never forget that almost got lost in that location. Don't go in rainy day because the terrain is slippery and muddy.
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  • One of the most important forts of the Northwest peninsula lies in Guimarães and is the Citânia de Briteiros, not to be missed!
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  • Very nice site, del monte, all spectacular, not to mention the great territory extension. However, it would eliminate having to pay for the entrance. Thanks :)
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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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