The Peneda-Gerês National Park is a natural resident in any tourist itinerary in the North of Portugal. In parallel with the viewpoints, waterfalls and paradisiacal landscapes, Lindoso Castle plays a leading role in the wealth of heritage.
Today I woke up early to go up to the Castle. Here the air is pure and the sky is blue. I arrived, took a deep breath and opened my arms to embrace nature. The main door, with a broken arch and facing the village, bears the monarch's coat of arms, an advertising element par excellence, but also a clear indicator of the patronage and historical landmark that generated it.
Although its origins are still being discussed, there are no great doubts that the medieval fortress that has been preserved until today is the work of King Afonso III.
Lindoso Castle is an example of rich heritage and one of the most important Portuguese military monuments, due to its strategic location on the course of the Lima River, next to the border with Spain, in an interior line between the Peneda and Gerês mountains, but also due to the technical and stylistic innovations that its construction introduced into the panorama of medieval Portuguese military architecture.
In the 17th century, at the same time that Portugal was fighting to restore its independence, this interior section of the Alto Minho was particularly important in the incursions on both sides of the border, which is why the castle was equipped with a more complex military system. The works would be completed around 1666 (date inscribed on the lintel of one of the doors), barely three years after it was conquered by Spanish troops and, again, reconquered by the Portuguese.
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