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Castelo de Silves (Silves Castle)

Castles and Fortresses

Castelo de Silves (Silves Castle)

Silves

Built on top of a hill, the imposing Silves Castle is Roman in origin, but it was the Arabs who built the magnificent castle we see today, between the 8th and 13th centuries. Built of Silves sandstone, the castle has the shape of an irregular polygon and a main gate flanked by two defensive towers, three turrets and seven sides. Visitors can walk around the patrol route. There are a number of remains from the period of Muslim occupation on the inside of the castle, in particular a silo which was used for storing cereals and a cistern covered by a vault seated on five semi-circular arches. Despite having been rebuilt in the 13th century after the city was taken from the Moors by D. Paio Peres Correia, Silves Castle is the best example of Arab military architecture in Portugal.

Contacts

  • Largo do Castelo

  • 8300-117

  • Silves

  • Silves

  • +351 282 440 837

  • castelo@cm-silves.pt

  • www.cm-silves.pt

Characteristics

  • Cultural Heritage

  • Castles and Fortresses

  • Paid

  • Open to the public

  • Classified as a National Monument

  • 2 January to 30 March and 21 October to 31 December, daily from 9 am to 5.30 p.m; 1 April to 20 October, from 9 am to 8 pm; last entry accepted 30 minuts before closing hour. Closed on 25 December and 1 January.

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