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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.Put Castelo de Vila Nova de Cerveira and other Vila Nova de Cerveira attractions into our Vila Nova de Cerveira itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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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 »
Un pequeño pueblo a las orillas del Río Miño, donde tiene su mayor actividad en los sábados, pues existe un gran mercado donde se reúne mucha gente del norte de Portugal y sus vecinos gallegos. more »A small village on the banks of the river Miño, where has its busiest on Saturdays, because there is a large market where people from the North of Portugal and Galicia neighbors gather.View original
Pueblo tranquilo a la orilla del Rio Miño. Tiene zonas céntricas un poco abandonadas y otras muy cuidadas. Cuenta con un paseo por el rio, la ecopista, que según tengo entendido llega a Valeça. Recomi... more »Quiet village on the banks of the Rio Miño. It has a little abandoned downtown areas and other very well maintained. Account with a walk by the River, the cycleway, that I understand reaching Valeca. I recommend go up to or Cervinho and the wonderful views that are from there.View original
Good spot with excellent view.
Guillermo CMNice walk through the interior of the Castle. Small, seen in fifteen minutes. You can climb partially to the wall. Free of charge.View original
Javi RIt 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.View original
Eduardo MarquesThis castle, worth a visit for lovers of historic places.View original
Miguel EncarnaçãoView over the village and the river.View original
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