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The Castle of Almourol

Item # 4568
Location: Portugal, Ribatejo, Northern
Town: Almourol
Name: Castelo de Almourol
Category: Holiday Resorts, Excursions and Sightseeing
Posted by: Prime Holiday

This magnificent castle at Almourol was built in 1171 on an island in the river Tagus by the Knights Templar (or Knights of Christ as they were latterly known), one of several military orders founded around Europe in the days of the Crusades. Almourol Castle was originally built to defend Coimbra, then the capital of Portugal. Today, the Castelo de Almourol serves as fascinating reminder of chivalrous knights protecting their fair maidens in those idealistic days during the middle ages.

Photos: José Manuel