Silves Castle is one of the most notable works of military architecture that the Arabs left among us, with more than a thousand years of existence. This fortification is located at the highest point of the hill on which the city is based. It forms an irregular polygon, surrounded by a strong rammed earth wall, covered in red sandstone – Silves sandstone, and occupies a total area of ​​around 12,000m2.

Deeply devastated by numerous earthquakes, it was the subject of restoration works in the 40s of the 20th century, taking on its current appearance through the intervention promoted within the scope of the Development Plans. Still on its exterior, next to the main entrance you can find a sculpture in bronze representative of King D. Sancho I, monarch who in 1189 conquered for the first time, with the help of the Crusaders, the city of Silves from the Arabs. Access to this fortress is through a double door with an atrium, flanked by two of the eleven towers that connect a path of the round with a length of 388 linear meters, this formation constituting an important defensive system. In the northern part of the wall, we find a secondary access, called Porta da Traição, a small gate that allowed the wall to be breached, with discretion and autonomy of the citadel in relation to the Medina. Inside the Castle there are several elements worth mentioning, from The Aljibe stands out – a large rectangular cistern that supplied water to a significant part of the city.

Measuring 20m long and 16m wide, its ceiling is seven meters above and is closed by four barrel vaults, placed side by side to facilitate the aeration of the water, supported by six central columns and six others attached to the walls. Another element that What you can find is the Cisterna dos Cães, an immense well more than 40 meters deep from which, during archaeological work carried out, several fragments of medieval ceramics were removed, namely buckets from the period of Islamic occupation. Near this well there were silos where, taking advantage of the coolness of the subsoil, cereals collected from the many taxes that the powers, Muslim or Christian, levied on the hard-working producers were stored. This is how they were kept for years, prolonging the resistance and autonomy of this military fortress.

In a vast area located to the east, several archaeological research campaigns culminated in the discovery of structures of a house from the Almohad Period (1121 – 1269), which was made up of two floors, an interior garden and a bath complex and is believed to be a Palace, once home to high-ranking Muslim dignitaries. Built during Almohad rule, this Palace was inhabited for just over a century. After the Christian occupation, and due to obvious incompatibility of way of life, it led to its abandonment after a fire that devastated it.

Contacts: Castelo de Silves8300-117 Silves | Telephone: 282 440 837 | Email: Castelo@cm-silves.pt

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It is on the 4th of July, starting at 6:30 pm, that Castelo de Silves will host the new season of Sunset Secrets with the usual guarantee of a lineup full of good music and the sharing of unforgettable moments. The beginning of the new season will be marked by the best of jazz music with a concert by singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Inês Loubet who will bring musical harmony to the unparalleled setting of the sunset in the ex-libris of the city of Silves. The event, which will liven up the late afternoons on Thursdays in July and early August, presents a program with varied styles and proposals, according to the following schedule: July 4th » Inês Loubet July 11th » Beto Kalulu July  18th» Garvefole Orchestra July 25th » Luís Capitão and Leonardo Pisco August 1st » The Protons The unique and unique initiative in the region, combines gastronomy and the promotion of local products – with emphasis on Silves Orange and Silves Wines – with moments of relaxing massages, music, dance, culminating in the fascinating fire show. With an associated cost of 5.00 euros for the general public, entry tickets for the Sunset Secrets sessions are on […]

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