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- Silves Castle
- Alt Name:
- Castelo de Silves
- The Moors
- Southern Europe
- 1100AD - 1199AD
- Silves Archaeological Museum, Silves Cathedral,
about Silves Castle
Silves Castle (Castelo de Silves) is an imposing Moorish stronghold which defended this once thriving Moorish settlement in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Following the re-conquest by Christian forces in 1242, Silves Castle was altered and renovated, this work continuing throughout the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
Today, Silves Castle is a great remnant of what would have been a powerful Moorish settlement. There are some remains of the buildings which were once housed within the walls of Silves Castle and of the Roman fortification on which it was built, mostly in the form of excavated foundations which visitors can wander around. A couple of cisterns from these periods also remain. However, the highlights of Silves Castle are its well preserved defensive walls, turrets and gates.
Main image by graphiclunarkid (cc).
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Address: R. do Castelo 15, 8300 Silves, Portugal
Phone: Contact local tourist office
Located in Silves, approx 60km northwest of Faro.
Open 9am-5pm (to 8pm in winter). Entry costs €1.25, free for under 5s.
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