Templar Castles: Almourol, Portugal

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Templar Castles: Almourol, Portugal

In the middle of the Tagus River in central Portugal stands the castle of Almourol. Once part of the Templars’ defensive line of castles which stretched across the country’s central region that were built as Portugal was slowly recaptured from the Moors, Almourol still stands today as an example of just how mighty the order of the Knights Templar once was.

As Portugal was gradually recaptured, the castle’s importance faded away and it was eventually abandoned. By the 19th Century, Almourol was a ruin, but efforts were made to restore it to its former glory and it is now a popular attraction where tourists can walk along the same ramparts the Templars patrolled over seven hundred years ago.

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