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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  • We expected us something big and important in view of the enormous importance of the name Pombal in Portugal. Nada de eso. It's a small castle belonging to the defensive line of the River Mondego, and vacuum inside to make matters worse.
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  • This castle was part of the defense network that revolved around Tomas, the local Templar headquarters. It remained in the control of the Templars after 1307 and there denouncing as heretics by Pope C...  more »
  • Pass on A1 and not visit this castle so well preserved it is almost a sin. With a privileged view around, we enter the Story.
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  • Intriguing history, well organised site and very helpful information office.
  • Fab place to visit, great views over the city
  • Super Templar castle well worth a visit. Bonus, its free, unbelievable!
  • Nice to see. Coffee is good.
  • Worth the visit, take a look at the 3d film
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