8/11/2008

Alcanede Castle

(Alcanede, Portugal) While driving along back roads I stumbled upon one of the many castles that dot the Portuguese countryside. This particular castle stands above the village of Alcanede, looming overhead like a stone beacon.

Restoration work began in the decade of the 1940s, and the building seems to defy the environmental elements that could have caused this medieval structure to collapse long ago. Archaeological evidence suggests human habitation of the site at least to 150 BCE, when it appears to have been some sort of Roman installation.

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