Castelo de Almourol - Almourol Castle

Sérgio Grilo

Carritos - Figueira Da Foz, Portugal

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Santarém – Praia do Ribatejo – Vila Nova da Barquinha – Portugal

Castle Almourol in Ribatejo, located in the Town of Praia do Ribatejo, Municipality of Vila Nova da Barquinha Distrito de Santarem, Portugal.

Built on a granite outcropping 18 feet above water level, a small island 310 m long by 75 m wide on the average course of the river Tagus, a little below its confluence with River Zêzere at the time of the Reconquista belonged to the so-called Line of the Tagus, the current Tourism Region of the Templars. Is one of the most representative examples of military architecture of the time, evoking simultaneously the beginnings of the kingdom of Portugal and the Knights Templar, an association which enhances the aura of mystery, and romanticism. With the dissolution of the Knights Templar castle Almourol becomes part of the heritage of the Order of Christ (which in Portugal was the successor of the Knights Templar).

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