Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sesimbra castle - Portugal

A few weeks ago Margarida sent a weekend in Sesimbra, a fishing town in Sétubal district. I've spent my summer holidays there many years ago and i remember that i've visited the castle on my last day there. 

© Atlanticpost
Sesimbra Castle is built upon an ancient Moorish Castle, probably conquered by D. Afonso Henriques in 1165. The castle was increasingly abandoned, because of the Portuguese Discoveries that began in the 16th century. D. João IV was forced to renew it, following the Restoration fights. He ordered the construction of the ravelins, adapting the castle to newest artillery techniques. Part of the castle was devastated by the 1755 earthquake. In 1930, it was recovered by the Portuguese State. In present day, you can still contemplate the Medieval walls and citadel. Due to its location at a high spot, the castle is also a magnificent viewpoint, offering a breathtaking view over the bay, the city and Arrábida mountain. - in:

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