Silves

Silves

The First Christian Conquest of Silves 1189

The First Christian Conquest of Silves 1189

The first Christian conquest takes place in 1189. The Portuguese troops governed by D. Sancho I were assisted by a contingent of Crusaders en route to the Holy Land, which had landed accidentally in Lisbon. The ephemeral subjection lasted only two years, Al-Mansur endows the city with strong walls and water supply infrastructure. The last […]

Torreão das Portas da Cidade, Almedina Doors, in Silves

Torreão das Portas da Cidade, Almedina Doors, in Silves

The remains of the Roman conquest are felt in the current urban core of the city of Silves. Likely to have been built in that remote period, the first defensive walls of an urban core. The Muslim occupation of the present territory Algarve and the prolonged stay of the Arab peoples and their cultural influence […]

Ponte Velha, Old Bridge in Silves

Ponte Velha, Old Bridge in Silves

The Silves Bridge is a bridge over the Arade river in the city of Silves in the Algarve region of Portugal. Although its origin is controversial bridge as it currently exists was built in the fifteenth century. It is possible that Silves have a bridge in Roman times, given the fact that the town was […]

Sé Catedral de Silves, Main Gothic monument in the Algarve

Sé Catedral de Silves, Main Gothic monument in the Algarve

Silves Cathedral (Portuguese: Sé Catedral de Silves) in the city of Silves, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal, Built as a mosque during moorish rule of Iberia later converted into cathedral after reconquista. It is considered the main Gothic monument in the Algarve.  The details about the foundation and building of Silves Cathedral are unclear. In the process of the Reconquista, Moorish Silves was […]

Castle of Silves, The Moorish Castle

Castle of Silves, The Moorish Castle

The Castle of Silves is a castle in the civil parish of Silves in the municipality of Silves in the Portuguese Algarve. Built between the 8th and 13th century, the castle is one of the best preserved of the Moorish fortifications in Portugal, the most important Moorish fortification resulting in its classification as a National Monument in 1910. From archaeological excavations, it is assumed that the first fortress on this site consisted […]

Silves Town, The Baghdad of the West

Silves Town, The Baghdad of the West

The region of Silves has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic, as attested by archaeological remains, including several menhirs. The river Arade, which was navigable in historical times, linked the hinterland to the open ocean and allowed the transport of produce and commerce. The town of Silves (Cilpes) was possibly founded during the times of Roman domination, when the […]

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