Castelo da Lousã by João Figueiredo

This is a very small castle that is in a location of very hard access in a small hill deep inside of a valley system. Initially built to protect a small village called Arouce (today part of the Lousã town), this castle was a very important peice in the defense of the christian lands on the Reconquista process due to it is a castle that stays close to one very important city (Coimbra) that was once the Portuguese capital and as well because it is the most southern fortification of a mountain chain system called Lousã-Estrela which “cuts” Portugal in two (from east to west) almost in the totality of it’s territory.

It is unknown when was the castle built, but there is a reference of its existance already in 943 on an arab contract when the area was occupied by the Arabs. Since 23rd June 1910 it is by law considered to be a national monument. Just next to the castle there is a small river called “Arouce” and on the other side of the river you can be in this place.

Lousã – Portugal


Olympus SP 560 UZ
f4.3 opening / 1/160 sec exposure

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  • julie08
    julie08over 2 years ago

    Great shot João :)

  • Thank you Julie, very much appreciated! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks so much POP’s!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 2 years ago

    Great shot Joao and interesting read,,,well done!!!

  • Thank you so much Louise! Much appreciated for the fav and great feedback!

    – João Figueiredo

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 2 years ago

    Wonderful image Joao!

  • Thank you! I was very hesitating about posting this old one, but in the end it did came out… :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williamsover 2 years ago

    OooOOoo I do like old buildings – nice one Joao : )

  • Thank you Mark! You definately have to visit this land… No matter where you go you’ll allways find things like these…

    – João Figueiredo

  • katekreations
    katekreationsover 2 years ago

    Congratulations Featured 27 November 2012

  • Thank you so much Kate!!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 2 years ago

    Excellent capture Joao!

  • Thanks Arfan for the visit and the fave! Very much appeciated!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    December 23rd, 2012

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  • Once again Mary, thank you so much for all the recognition!! Trully appreciated!!

    – João Figueiredo

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