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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 […]

Chimneys of Algarve, in Porches Village – Lagoa

Chimneys of Algarve, in Porches Village – Lagoa

In Porches Village are the most beautiful chimneys of the Algarve. Enchants us especially by its enigmatic features, constituting the hallmark of the Vila. This applies to the chimney so-called ex-libris of the village, built on the secular houses as a keep in miniature. In it, the mysteries involve questions in the reliefs, at the […]

Church Matriz de Estômbar, in Lagoa

Church Matriz de Estômbar, in Lagoa

Built in the mid-sixteenth century on the hilltop where spreads the village, it is the most representative examples of Manueline architecture to be found in the western Algarve. Built on an old hermitage dedicated to Santa Ana, presents confluence of different architectural styles, because of the extensive remodeling that was subject after the earthquake of […]

Roman Ruins of Milreu, Villa Romana de Milreu in São Brás de Alportel

Roman Ruins of Milreu, Villa Romana de Milreu in São Brás de Alportel

Villa Romana Milreu History / Background History:Milreu is the testimony of an important “villa” rustic Roman séc.I inhabited since the Christian era, with traces of occupation continued until the century. XI.Located near the present village of Estoi and about 8 km from the city of Ossónoba (now Faro), Milreu benefited from mountain springs then there […]

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