Castle of Pombal, Pombal

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#7 of 11 in Historic Sites in Leiria District
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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  • August 14, 2017
    Great tourist attraction. Pretty much the Castle. It offers free parking and a cafe. The Valley think visit with families/groups of friends etc.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Small friendly family outing. To the top the view is superb on the city of Pombal.
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  • August 5, 2017
    By far not the most impressive castle I've ever seen but still nice enough to visit. The view up to the castle from the city centre is nice and the view of the city below is also worth the effort. You...  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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