Castelo de Santiago do Cacem


castelo de santiago do cacem

Castelo de Santiago do Cacem was built by the moors. During the Iberian peninsula's Reconquista period, Santiago do Cacem was taken for the first time in 1157 by the forces of Afonso I of Portugal (1112-1185).
The town lost strategic importance after the Portuguese Restoration War, in the 17th century. The castle and its domain returned to crown control in 1759. The old castle was gradually abandoned and fell to ruin. The site's grounds were used as the town's cemetery in the 19th century. The castle was declared a national monument on 23 June 1910.
More recently, the Portuguese DGEMN (Direccao Geral dos Edificios e Monumentos Nacionais) has funded restoration projects.

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Santiago do Cacem, Alentejo, Portugal
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10th century

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