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 12th 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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  • a castle, as so many in Portugal, pleasant location and history, with a place to visit.
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  • There is little to see, in addition to the walls and the view from the top of the Castle, but is important from a historical point of view, which was part of the defensive chain of Coimbra. It was built on the initiative of the Grand Master of the Templars, Gualdim Pais, between 1156 and 1159. A second intervention of the Knights Templar there was after the construction of the not far Castle of Tomar. Free admission.
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  • If you are passionate about medieval military architecture you have to go see it. The Templar's Castle of the 12th century but the excavations showed that there was a Roman. There is nothing except the fortified structures but the walls are nice and the place itself is charming and full of history.
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  • Nice to see. Coffee is good.
  • Very nice panorama but nothing special
  • The visit is worth above all by the landscape visible from the donjon. The castle is small but is noticeable effort has been made to restore some parts. In fact, there is an exhibition where it is shown that effort throughout the ages. There are also monitors where touchscreen is explained all the historical component of the Castle. As admission is free, worth a visit if you are around.
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  • Free as most of the "cultural" place in the Portugal, very beautiful, with a half bar of the mounted (very clean by the way), with a beautiful landscape once mounted in the central tower of the Castle.
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  • A lot of animation in the castle in summer. Shows. It is worth visiting. Adequate information. Green Zone.
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