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Vidigueira's Castle

Vidigueira

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Vidigueira’s region was conquered from the Moors by king D. Sancho II in 1235. This Castle was supposedly built in the kingdom of D. Afonso III (1248-1279), over a fortification from the Roman occupancy period.

The Castle and its domains were donated to D. Nuno Álvares Pereira, after the 1385 crisis, whose descendents maintained the properties until the 15th century, and in this period the donjon was built.

Vasco da Gama, after the discovery of the maritime way to India, becomes the first Vidigueira Count, title conceded by king D. Manuel I in 1519.

From this Castle rest nowadays the ruins of the donjon, classified as a Public Interest Building. From the ancient Gama’s Palace, which served as residence to the Vidigueira Counts and would have been built next to the Castle, there are no vestiges nowadays.

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