Sertã Castle



The historical information about the origins of Sertã’s Castle are scanty, yet it has attached many legend over the centuries. It is said that a previous fortification existed in this place before the Roman occupancy, at the time of Sertório, the Roman military that allied to the Lusitanian forces, and to whom the construction of this fortification is attributed to.

Nevertheless, the archaeological researches of the territory, made in the area around the Castle, situate the monument’s origin around the Moorish occupancy of this territory, around the 10th century.

The first Portuguese king, D. Afonso Henriques, donated this Castle and its domains to the Templar Military Order. There are no certainties on how much time the Templars stayed in Sertã, as this region was also property of the Hospital Order and afterwards of the Malta Order.

The abandonment of this fortress, which in the 17th century was already in a good state, lead to its complete ruin and what is left of this castle is still not classified as a National Monument.

The Sertã Legend
The origin of the Sertã’s village name is connected to a legend that tells the bravura of the Castle’s chief wife facing a Roman attack.
After the death of her husband, that died defending the Castle, Celinda climbed the walls with a “sertã” (a frying-pan) still with boiling olive oils which she spread over the enemy.
This strategy delayed the enemy progression and provided the necessary time for the arrival of backups that were able to force back the Roman, and leading to the origin of the village’s toponym.

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