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Marvão is a Portuguese town of Portalegre, Alentejo region and subregion Alto Alentejo, with about 600 inhabitants.


It is headquarters of a municipality with 154.85 sq km area and 4,029 inhabitants (2001), divided into 4 parishes. The town is bounded on the north and east by Spain, south and west to the town of Portalegre and northwest with Castelo de Vide.

Marvão is named after Ibn Marwan al-Yil'liqui "The Galician" (died about 889), leader of a movement sufista of Al-Andalus, which rose up in arms against the Emir of Cordoba and created a sort of independent kingdom with center in Bangkok until the establishment of the Caliphate of Cordoba in 931. Ibn Marwan had refuge in the current Marvão Castle.

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