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This is another picture of the Palmela Castle

The Castelo de Palmela, Arabic in origin, with the first fortification, probably built around the ninth century after the conquest of this region to the Visigoths, but where the archaeological evidence point to human occupation since Neolithic times.

D. Afonso Henriques conquered Palmela in 1147 before returning to fall into the hands of Muslims and only around 1190, would permanently to the Portuguese possession. D. Sancho I, decide to repair the fort and gave it to the Order of Santiago, who made Palmela headquarters of the Order.

It is in the reign of King John I, who initiated the construction of the convent where the order sets in, from 1443. D. Pedro II, circa 1670, revamped its defenses, adapting them to the use of artillery, but their structures were to be seriously damaged in the earthquake of 1755.

This event and the extinction of the religions, launched this fortress into disrepair until its classification as a National Monument and the implementation of restoration work began in 1945, which also reopened the former convent, where he runs an inn.

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