Castelo de Beja, Beja

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The Castle of Beja is a medieval castle in the civil parish of Beja, municipality of Beja, Portuguese district of Beja.HistoryThis region of the Alentejo had been settled since pre-history by disperse tribes, but it was first mentioned in the writings of Ptolemy and Polybius. But, it was sometime between the beginning of the 3rd century and the end of the 4th century, that the walls of Pax Julia were constructed; part of the Roman arch (Évora Gate) dated from this general construction in the Roman provinces. Its importance within the region continued during the Suebi era, Visigothic settlement and Moors occupation of the Iberian peninsula.During the Reconquista from the Moors, the region was first conquered in 1159 by the forces of King Afonso Henriques (1112-1185), but it was abandoned four months later by his forces.In 1253, King D. Afonso III began work on reconstructing the fortress, which was already a severe stage of degradation. A foral (charter) was issued to Beja in 1254.Around 1307, a tower was constructed along the wall, as indicated in an inscription carved into decorated ashlar masonry, in the form of a Portuguese shield, and dating to the Visigoth occupation.
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  • If you are brave, climb up the tower to enjoy a remarkable view of the city and its surroundings.
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  • Top entry free. Handy Tower. Spectacular view of the entire city. Recommended for those interested in historical monuments
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  • Charming little castle, small gift shop, no cafe, toilet provided. The town is small but has restaurants. Good idea to take a picnic.
  • Great views of Beja and surrounding area. It is worth walking (carefully!) all the way to the top of the castle. The staff at the Beja tourist centre, based out of the ground level of this castle, are very friendly and helpful. Besides speaking the Portuguese language obviously, they also speak English, and possibly other languages as well.
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