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Photos of castles, palaces, fortresses, temples, cathedrals, monasteries - Portugal

One of the oldest states in Europe is famous, first of all, for its grand castles and magnificent cathedrals, which have become the main attractions of Portugal. Unlike most European medieval fortresses, which were converted into more comfortable palaces, the Portuguese forts retained their military characteristics, since the country had been threatened by invasion from Spain for almost its entire history. Thanks to this, today you can see the ancient castles of Portugal in their original form: powerful, practical, rude and impregnable fortresses with minimal comfort.

Alcobas Monastery

Portugal, Alcobasa, monastery of the XII century

One of the richest monasteries of the Middle Ages, even after centuries, remains the largest in the country. For its monumentality and purity of the architectural style, Alcobas is listed as the seven wonders of Portugal and UNESCO heritage.

Monastery of Batalha

Portugal, Batalha, monastery of the XIV century

The Batalha Monastery was built in memory of the battle that ensured the independence of Portugal. The magnificent monument is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

Guimaraes Castle

Portugal, Guimaraes, X century castle

The history of Guimaraes resembles a mixture of legend and heroism from the time of the founding of Portugal. Today, the castle is considered a national symbol and one of the seven wonders, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

National Pantheon of Portugal

Portugal, Lisbon, 17th century temple

The temple, in which services have never been held, are the remains of prominent statesmen of the country.

Jeronimos Monastery

Portugal, Lisbon, XVI century monastery

An outstanding monument recognized as one of the seven wonders of Portugal and named by UNESCO the best example of Portuguese art was built in thanks to the Virgin Mary for the successful return of Vasco da Gama from distant voyages.

Belem Tower (Castle of Torre de Belem)

Portugal, Lisbon, XVI century castle

Torre de Belem has become a symbol of the era of great geographical discoveries and the emblem of Lisbon. Built to protect the harbor, it became the starting point for many sailors and the last thing they saw before sailing.

Obidos Castle

Portugal, Obidos, XII century castle

Obidos witnessed many of the conquests in Antiquity, a favorite royal residence in the Middle Ages, and is now recognized as a national monument and one of the seven wonders of Portugal.

Clerigos Church

Portugal, Porto, 18th century temple

You can see the city from a bird's eye view by climbing onto the bell tower of the Clerigos Church - the architectural symbol of Porto.

Pena Palace

Portugal, Sintra, XIX century palace

On a hilltop above the city of Sintra rises a fantastic palace in a medieval style - the former summer royal residence, built on the site of an abandoned monastery.

Chapel of the Bones

Portugal, Évora, 16th century temple

One of the darkest temples in the world, the interior of which is made of human bones and skulls.

Photos of castles, palaces, fortresses, temples, cathedrals, monasteries


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