Castelo de Viana do Alentejo - Viana do Alentejo, Portugal
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tmob
N 38° 19.932 W 008° 00.097
29S E 587259 N 4243145
Quick Description: The Castle of Viana do Alentejo was declared as a National Monument in 1910
Location: Beja, Portugal
Date Posted: 1/30/2012 3:10:32 PM
Waymark Code: WMDMCK
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member razalas
Views: 5

Long Description:
It's domains, originally members of a farm called "Foxem", owned by the Municipality of Évora, were donated, in the early years of the second half of the thirteenth century, to Egídio Martins, staying in possession of his descendants.

After the death of D. Martim Gil, lord these areas, the King D. Dinis (1279-1325) took possession of them, giving charters to the town (1313).

After that started the construction of the castle and walls of the village. In the following year (1314), the village and its fields were donated by the sovereign to his son, the future King D. Afonso IV, with the clause of not pierce anyone except his wife, the Castilian Infanta D. Beatriz, what he actually did in 1357, just days before he died.

Under the reign of King D. João II (1481-1495), its defenses were renewed.

In the following centuries, however, disappeared some of its reference points, especially the surrounding moats and bridges for which it acceded to the castle.

The castle was declared a National Monument on June 23, 1910. The intervention of the government, however, only occurred in the 1940s, with construction works by the Directorate-General for National Buildings and Monuments, and proceeded to consolidation and restoration work on the walls and the battlements.

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Designação (Name): Castelo de Viana do Alentejo

Categoria de protecção (Classification): Classificado como MN - Monumento Nacional

Categoria/Tipologia (Type of heritage): Arquitectura Militar / Castelo

Concelho (City): Viana do Alentejo

Página do Património na base de dados da DGPC (Page of the Heritage at the DGPC database): [Web Link]

Wikipedia: [Web Link]

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