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... like the ones in Segovia, Spain and Nimes, France with the Romans, but this one was built over many decades leading up to its completion in 1622.
The scenery is the Alentejo is somewhat closer to my
expectations of what Portugal looks like, a rolling plain with occasional
hills, mostly open grazing land with widely spaced short cork oak and holm oak
trees that make it look like a park, many olive groves, ...
... castle is the old Judaria (Jewish neighborhoods) of twisting alleys and stairways that has an old synagogue which is now a museum dating from the era before the Inquisition when there was a substantial Jewish population in towns near the Spanish border. I was in the town around 6:00 in the evening so the castle and the synagogue had just closed, but Castelo de Vide was still a nice town in which to walk around.
Marvao is a ...
July 18 - Marvoa
This serene medieval village is dramatically set at 862 meters (2,828 feet) on the top of mountain facing Spain. Its 13th century walls and 17th century buttresses make it an impregnable stronghold. The first known inhabitants of the area were Roman, followed by the Moors whom King Dom Afonso Henriques evicted with difficulty in 1166. The castle became an essential stronghold for border control. The ...
... century. It is a maze once you are inside. We spent about half our time there trying to figure out how to get out.
We enjoyed seeing the beautiful wall tiles (17th century). The chapel was also very beautiful. The chapel has had some restoration work done. Many of the decoration on the outside of the building were in deteriorating condition, but still amazing to see. However, I think we enjoyed seeing the rooms that supported everyday life, such as ...
... br> We made one more stop at lovely small church "Igreja das Dominicas" with its beautiful tile work inside and painted pillars. We strolled through pretty lanes to the smaller Moorish castle at the town overlook.
It was getting to be 3 pm and we wanted to make it to Portalegre before the tapestry museum there closed at 6 pm.
The drive to Portalegre took us along ...