The Moorish Castle Atop the Sintra Mountains

The Moorish Castle Atop the Sintra Mountains

The Moorish Castle, situated atop the Sintra mountains, was a military fort, which was originally constructed during the 8th and 9th century when Portugal was a medieval Islamic state.

It was later extended during the 12th century.  An earthquake in the 18th century affected the stability of the castle, caused considerable damage to the chapel, and left the towers in ruins.  Over the years, efforts have been made to conserve and improve the condition of the castle.  

In the late 1970s, archeological excavations revealed significant finds, which included more than thirty medieval Christian tombs, foundations of Mulslim dwellings, and artefacts from the Neolithic period.  

If you're looking for a panoramic view, you can't get much better than the view from the top of this castle on a clear day.

 

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