Visit to the Castle of Montemor-o-Velho

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Visit to the Castle of Montemor-o-Velho

We went for a drive up to the Castle of Montemor-o-Velho. We advise you to visit this mystic place, that witnessed a series of important events in the history of Portugal. It also has a superb view over the rice paddy plains of the Mondego margins.

Montemor-o-Velho Castle in located in the village with the same name, in the county of Coimbra.

Directions to the castle

It’s possible to go up to the castle by car, but if you can’t find a place to park, drive down to the village where there is a parking lot. From there you can climb to the castle using a giant escalator!
The castle is beautiful and very well preserved. From the moment you enter the door you feel immediately transported to another time.

“In 991 al-Mansur conquered Montemor-o-Velho, and it was after this that an Islamic fortification with a mosque was erected. From this mosque almost nothing remains and the castle that raises over the valley is the result of successive medieval campaigns. In 1064, with the conquest of Coimbra, Montemor-o-Velho fell definitely into christian hands. It was Afonso IV of Castela who rebuilt the defensive structure. At the same time it was erected inside the walls the Santa Maria da Alcaçova church, many times rebuilt in the centuries to come.” – [1]

Inês de Castro destiny was decided here

The Castle witnessed one of the most tragic events in the history of Portugal. It was here, in 1355, that king Afonso IV gathered together his counselors to arrange the murder of Inês de Castro, which eventually happened some days after in the Paço de Santa Clara, in Coimbra. – [1]

When we visited the castle we couldn’t see the inside of the church because there was a wedding take place in that day!

[1] – http://www.centerofportugal.com/pt/castelo-de-montemor-o-velho/
(A tradução para a língua inglesa é da exclusiva responsabilidade da “My Friends In Portugal”; The translation to the English language is the sole responsibility of “My Friends In Portugal” )

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