Castle of Santo Estevao


castle of santo estevao

Located in a dominant position over the village, the Castle of Santo Estevao is within walking distance of the course of the river Tamega and the border with Spain.
The first references to this location date to the 11th century, and suggest a rural property of great dimensions, that were eventually fortified. The property was reconquered from the Muslims by Rui and Garcia Lopes in 1160, two brother-knights who offered their services to the first Portuguese king, Afonso I (1112-1185). The construction of the castle of Santo Estevao began during his reign, and the reign of his son and successor Sancho I (1185-1211).

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Santo Estevao, Vila Real, Portugal
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11th century

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