Castelo de Vila Nova de Cerveira, Vila Nova de Cerveira

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The Castle of Vila Nova de Cerveira is a medieval castle located in the civil parish of Vila Nova de Cerveira e Lovelhe, in the municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portuguese Viana do Castelo.HistoryIn the 13th century, the castle was included as part of the nuptial dowry of D. Mécia, wife of King D. Sancho II. It was also referred to in 1229 in a document referencing the village of Elvas, naming the nobles who signed the charter; Pedro Novães, the tenens of the castle of Cerveira was identified, suggesting that the castle was merely a defensive tower.During the 1258 Inquirições (Inquiries) noted the obligations of the residents of Cerveira and its surrounding parishes. Carlos Alberto Ferreira de Almeida indicated that the castle of Cerveira, was already known in the 13th century as the vila nova (new town), owing to the original Cerveira being situated in the mountains (possibly over the hilltop of Espírito Santo, in Penafiel, parish of Roboreda), or in Cornes.In 1320, King D. Dinis ordered that the settlement be colonized. To this end, the King issued a foral (charter), with one-third of the supported payments be used for the conservation of the castle. The courtyard, limited by the walls was too small for the 100 homes that King D. Dinis expected to settlement the village; ultimately, he accepted the construction of a settlement that was constructed outside the walls. The design if Duarte d'Armas, in his Livro das Fortalezas, indicates that at the beginning of the 16th century, the barrio outside the walls was more complete then those in the interior, including two religious buildings.
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  • It's worth to go inside this XIV century fortress. The walls and the churchs inside are well preserved and from the back there are amazing views over the Minho river and Spain in the north bank of the...  more »
  • Very quiet and nice town. The water park, the river museum and the castle are must. The town has also a train station. Praia da Lenta and its coffee - lounge are very cozy.  more »
  • While the majority of the fort is very old and there is a lot of history here, there seems to be an hotel that was added and closed in the last few years. Not a major attraction and you can see it all...  more »
  • Good spot with excellent view.
  • Nice walk through the interior of the Castle. Small, seen in fifteen minutes. You can climb partially to the wall. Free of charge.
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  • It seems lie that what should be the main attraction of the village it have so abandoned. It is not that it is poorly preserved, is that once you pass the wall inward there is nothing, absolutely nothing: a kiosk or shop, or... anything. All the attraction of the village is concentrated in your ride, Park and streets outside the Castle. Inside there is nothing interesting. A penalty.
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  • This castle, worth a visit for lovers of historic places.
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  • View over the village and the river.
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