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Castello de Montemor-o-Velho


Another Portuguese castle. This one was taken from the Moors by Fernando I of Castilla in 1064. Not too long after the Portuguese formed a nation/kingdom under Afonso Henrique and the few Castillians and all the Moors were driven from the new country. As these things happen, Afonso was a grandson of Fernando I.


This castle is along the river Mondego and some 20km's from the sea. The river valley is quite marshy - wet and flat. One of the products from this area is rice, which will be planted inthe paddies, one can see here.



comments (14)

What a great castle! This is now they should look.
Louis: Indeed, crenellations and all, Larry.
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 14 Mar 2018, 01:16
What a beautiful layered vista!
Louis: Thank you, Ray.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 14 Mar 2018, 02:35
Superbe composition pour cette vue d'ensemble.
Louis: Merci, Martine.
Wonderful photo! What a place!
Louis: Thank you, Elizabeth - and entry is free.
A city on a hill! Castles like this really were a city onto themselves, weren't they! You have a nice vantage point of it here, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie. Many of them were the start of a city as well.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 14 Mar 2018, 06:37
What a fantastic construction this is Louis

Rice in Portugal!
Louis: Dating from the Middle Ages and built by the Moors. The place seemed well suited for rice - lots of water and quite warm.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Mar 2018, 06:40
a splendid photo of an impressive castello!
Louis: Thank you Philine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 14 Mar 2018, 08:20
This all looks rather pleasing Louis.
Louis: Most of it in its original state, gutteridge. An example of a typical Moor fortress.
Looks nice. Never realised they grew rice in Portugal....
Louis: Well, they do in this area - warm and wet.
What a magnificent castle and in such a lovely position.
Louis: Flat country for miles around.
Oh, the wonders of the world...
Louis: So much to see and experience, Mary. This place remained intact for more than a 1,000 years.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 14 Mar 2018, 15:04
That is some substantial fortress, Louis. I didn't know about the rice
Louis: Flat countryside and a river that easily overflows. And it really gets warm. Must be ideal for rice - but I would guess it is not enough for export.
a fine view here of the castle occupying most of the dominant position, and i like the blues all around, Louis
Louis: A nice day, but also quite hot. Thanks for commenting Ayush.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Mar 2018, 19:38
The perfect place for a castle, Louis. This looks great and it is so easy to shoot the enemy from the river...
Louis: A good place, but not perfect. The Castilians took it from the Moors and the Portuguese took it from the Castilians - each time the occupants lost the battle.

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