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Estátua de João de Deus

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Rua Joao de Deus
8375, São Bartolomeu de Messines

Silves

Statue that pays homage to João de Deus. João de Deus was an eminent lyrical poet who, during his lifetime, was considered to be foremost amongst his peers. He was also the pioneer of a new teaching method that aimed to simplify teaching reading to children, the Cartilha Maternal. He was very popular during his lifetime and as such was laid to rest at the National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional). To this day he is still referred to as the poet of love.

Fortaleza de Armação de Pêra

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Largo da Fortaleza
8365, Armação de Pêra

Silves

The fort was built mainly to defend this site and its people. People used to travel here from Alcantarilha (the capital of the parish) in order to fish and engage in other piscatorial activities and therefore needed some protection. A chapel dedicated to the fort's patron saint was built inside the fortress in 1972, nowadays it is known as Capela de Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos (Chapel of Our lady of the Distressed).

Praça Al'Mutamid

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Rua da Cruz de Portugal
8300, Silves

Silves

Al'Mutadid, lord of Seville, conquered the city of Silves in 1053 and his son, Al'Mutamid, was appointed to rule over it at the tender age of 12. It was during this time that, alongside Ibn Ammar, a local poet, Al'Mutamid dedicated himself to poetry, music and singing. When forced to return to Seville he wrote a famous poem saluting the city of Silves.

Ponte de Silves

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Ponte Romana
8300, Silves

Silves

Roman bridge built over the widest point of the river Arade. The bridge is only suitable for pedestrian crossing and features five round arches. Medieval bridge whose construction dragged on for several years and which has been subject to several rebuilding episodes.

Arco da Rebola

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Rua Cruz da Palmeira
8300, Silves

Silves

The defensive system that once enveloped the entire city of Silves was quite complete and sophisticated. It was divided into the following parts: the fortress, Almedina walls (walls protecting the central part of town), the armour, Arrabalde walls (walls protecting the suburbs) and it probably also had moats and countermures. Nowadays, the only remnant of the Arrabalde walls (in the downtown area) is the well known Rebolda arch.

A Conquista de Silves

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Largo Mártires da Pátria
8300, Silves

Silves

Statue that celebrates the conquest of Silves. During D.Sancho I's reign, D. Mendo, his lieutenant, planned a surprise attack against the Moors. The attack was so fierce that the Moors abandoned the defensive walls and took refuge in the centre of the fortified town. After a period of fighting and slaughter the Moors capitulated on the 3rd September 1198 and the Christians emerged victorious.

Cruz de Portugal

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EN 124
8300, Silves

Silves

Located in the environs of Silves, this engraved cross dates back to the 16th century. It is three metres high and is engraved in sedimentary rock. One of the sides depicts the crucifixion and the other one the descent from the cross. This viewpoint affords a beautiful view over the fortress.

Castelo de Silves

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Rua do Castelo
8300-112, Silves

Silves

Silves castle is the biggest castle in the Algarve and one of the most remarkable works of military architecture inherited from the Arab occupation. Its structure was made up of several elements: the Alcáçova (fortress), the Almedina walls (at the central part of the fortified town), the Couraça (armour), the Arrabalde walls (located at the suburbs of the fortified town) and some ditches. Of all these elements the Alcáçova is the most important and is also where you can see two cisterns that date back to the time of the original building. You can also see a well, called Cisterna …

Casa com chaminé algarvia do século XVII

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Rua do Castelo, 22
8375-262, São Marcos da Serra

Silves

Fine example of regional architecture where a unique Algarvian chimney with 17th century decoration stands out.

Ermida de Nossa Senhora dos Mártires

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Rua Dom Afonso III
8300, Silves

Silves

Nothing remains of the original 12th century temple. The tower’s battlement row and the main chapel’s archway were both built in the 16th century. There is a cinquecento altar-piece, and the 16th century facade is made up of ashlar masonry and has elaborately worked windows.

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