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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.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Castle of Almourol by using our Vila Nova da Barquinha vacation maker website .
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Castle of Almourol Reviews
O Castelo está bem conservado, com informação muito útil e limpo, recomendo a visita e o passeio de barco. more »The castle is well preserved, with very useful information and recommend the tour and boat trip.
Acho inacreditável um marco da emblemática história se encontrar a mercê de funcionários sem formação da junta de freguesia com ar pouco amigáveis e de indumentária lastimável que pouco dignificam o e... more »I think it's unbelievable a milestone the emblematic history meet at the mercy of employees without formation of Parish Council with air very unfriendly and regrettable that little outfit dignify the space. How can a country with professionals in the areas of tourism and history unemployed take advantage of features to streamline and spread this is other important spaces that mark the current nation. The castle is visiting and exploring the same regrets.
Общепризнано – это один из самых интересных castelo Португалии. Еще бы, находится на скалистом острове посреди (если честно то не посреди, а рядом с одним из ее берегов, но тем не менее) реки Tejo. Эт... more »It is widely accepted is one of the most interesting castelo Portugal. Still, is on a rocky island in the middle of the (frankly thats not in the Middle, and near one of its shores, but nonetheless) the river Tejo. This place had great strategic importance since ancient times. There is a confirmation of the existence of Roman settlements at this place, the barbarians and the Moors. In the 12th century, the territory was conquered by the troops of King Afonso Jenrikesha, who handed the fortress of the Knights Templar. By order of the master of the order of the Moorish fortress was reconstructed in accordance with the "flavors" of that time. The castle was of great importance in konrole navigation on the River, which was very important in the period of the Reconquista. The Castle lost its importance after the ban of the Knights Templar, was badly damaged by the earthquake of 1755 onwards. In the 19th century underwent restoration works with major changes. There are opinions that his modern look has little to do with the fact that it was built by the Templars. Nevertheless, the castle is very good, it really feel in the cloister of the Knights Templar. With walls and with the main tower offer beautiful view of the River Valley. The castle can be reached by boat-price 2.5 euros round trip, including entrance to the castelo. The truth is, no control at the entrance I met seems to have a story about a paid entry only fiction boatman))). The Castle also can be accessed by clicking on the Stones River. In the summer, I think this part of the river dries up completely and, thus, the task is made easier.
Pretty to look, not much else. It does have some history and is relevant to the region and Portugal’s history.
Nice place, it spells its magic at sunset. Could be reached by foot, but more fun by boat. €2.50 include ride and castle visit. Has small restaurant and the parking space. Summer: 9am - 7pm / Winter: 9am - 5pm Closed: 1 January, Easter, and 25 de December
Must visit castle in the river.Good parking and restaraunt/bar. Catch small boat to castle, good value and well worth a visit.
If you are in this area, you can not miss this medieval castle built on an island in the middle of Tejo tiver. It is well preserved and there are panels explaining it's history and legends.
Very quaint 12th century castle, situated in the Tagus river. Only accessible by boat at a cost of €2.50 pp, which includes entrance to the castle. Well worth a visit.
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