Castelo de Almourol, Vila Nova da Barquinha

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The Castle of Almourol is a medieval castle, located on a small islet in the middle of the Tagus River, in the civil parish of Praia do Ribatejo, 4km from the municipal seat of Vila Nova da Barquinha, in the Portuguese Centre Region. The castle was part of the defensive line controlled by the Knights Templar, and a stronghold used during the Portuguese Reconquista.HistoryIt is believed that the castle was constructed on the site of a primitive Lusitanian castro that was later conquered by the Romans during the 1st century B.C.E. It was later remodelled by successive invading forces, including the Alans, Visigoths and Moors, although it is unclear when the actual castle was established. In excavations carried out in the interior and exterior enclosures, various vestiges of Roman occupation were discovered, that included coins, millennium markers and Roman foundations, while medieval remnants such as medallions and two marble columns were also discovered in the castle's vicinity.The castle of Almourol is one of the more emblematic and cenographic medieval military monuments of the Reconquista, and best representation of the influence of the Knights Templar in Portugal. When it was conquered in 1129, by forces loyal to the Portuguese nobility, it was then known as Almorolan, and placed in the trust of Gualdim Pais, the master of the Knights Templar in Portugal, who rebuilt the structure. The structure was reconstructed, starting in 1171 (from an inscription over the principal gate) and restored during the subsequent reigns.
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  • Castle in the middle of the Tagus River... small friendly nearby Café that allows to contemplate and take the charge... Otherwise. .. fro...
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  • to get to this castle need to take a boat. There, you can see a really cool Castle from medieval times. The view is pretty cool too. Little known, is worth a visit. Close to Take.
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  • I would advise a canoeing trip starting in Constancy with mandatory stop at the castle of Almourol. It is worth visiting the Castle although it is simple it is worth enjoying the stories those walls.
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  • Beautiful castle. It's very small and you can enjoy a free view from the river margin. If you want to visit it's 2.50 for a very short boat ride. You can cross the river on foot if you feel adventurous.
  • Possibly one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. This castle was built by the Templar Knights under comission by the first Portuguese King, D. Afonso Henriques, and played a key role in expanding the Portuguese borders south from Coimbra until the conquest of Lisbon. History aside, it's a stunning piece of medieval military arquitecture, set in an amazing backdrop of a small island in a major river. A must see sight in Portugal.
  • Don`t go to Castelo de Almourol ! Attractions only for residents. Opening time to 19:30 ( shown internet ) is wrong. 16.45 member of staff announced, that Castelo de Almourol are closed. We saw that boat 3 times go to castle full of peoples, I asked can they take my child, because we traveled from Porto (255km) and child was very pleased, that he will visited Castelo de Almourol. To my request they answered that they boat only residents. There are not what else to see, that mean we spend extra money and time for nothing. Not only me and my family was disappointing that day, because Castelo de Almourol was closed before time
  • I am looking forward to visit soon !
  • the place is set for a magical moment.
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