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Castle of Pombal, Pombal

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The Castle of Pombal, is a medieval castle in the civil parish of Pombal, municipality of the same name in the district of Leiria in the Centre region of Portugal.HistoryAround 1128, the Castle of Pombal, site of a former Roman castro and Arab fortress, was donated to the Knights Templar by Afonso Henriques in order to defend Coimbra, and which included a vast territory of land. The transfer of its control at this time, was seen as an important military position, owing to its successive generations of fortification and disputes between Christian and Muslim forces.The construction of the Romanesque fortress began in the middle of the 1st century (in either 1155 or 1156), and continued practically until the century's end; the construction of various towers was made to serve, stabilize and reinforce the wall, and help to repopulate the town. It is likely that work started on the encirclement of the position and later to the construction of the keep (around 1171), and includes an alambor, a defensive feature to mitigate attacks close to the walls.In 1171, the keep was constructed in the castle courtyard; during this period of the passive Reconquista, the keep served as the last defensive bastion, acting as the Lord lieutenants personal stronghold. At the conclusion of the project an inscription was carved over the door to the keep, something promoted by D. Gualdim Pais in the medieval period, while in 1353, the castle and village were donated to the Order of Christ. The plaque was later removed and deposited in the Convent of Christ in Tomar Municipality, on request of Prince Henry the Navigator (between 1420 and 1460).
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  • Yep there's still rare free stuffs to do in Portugal ! And this one is awesome. Old castle, we can go on the top of the tower and oversee the whole city Just go there and enjoy this magnificien monume...  more »
  • Lovely small castle situated above Pombal. Whilst Pombal is not the prettiest town in Portugal this well restored castle is worth a visit. Easy parking and gentle slopes up to the castle from the car ...  more »
  • The castle is not big but quite nice and the walls can be walked on all around its perimeter, The main keep, contains now a small museum depicting its history and few photographs from the early 20th c...  more »
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  • Although initially hatch some constructs, it is easy to understand them as support. The Castle and all the woods are a forest special beauty, that just feels the experience. Negative: Only the lack of access to persons of reduced mobility to the inside of the walls.
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  • Very beautiful and preserved. Be sure to watch the movie that tells the story of the castle in 3D.
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  • The view is good, but there's nothing very interesting around (at least in winter).
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  • One of the wonderful castles, very careful, free entries. Recommend to visit
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