E.J.Wilkins

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Moorish Castle, Sintra

The view from the top!

One of the views from the walls of the Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros) at Sintra, Portugal. This picture was taken last summer.

The - Wikipedia article - says this :-

"the Castle of Sintra was built by the Moors, possibly between the 9th and 10th centuries. Arab chronicles depict the Sintra region as being very rich in cultivated fields. Its castle was one of the most important in the surroundings.

In 1147, after the conquest of Lisbon by King Afonso Henriques, the Moorish garrison of the castle surrendered to the Christians without resistance. Afonso Henriques promoted the development of the region by granting a foral (letter of feudal rights) to the inhabitants of Sintra and its castle in 1154. During the reign of King Sancho I the castle was repaired, as well as the romanesque Church of Saint Peter, (Igreja de São Pedro) inside its walls."

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Moorish Castle, Sintra

The view from the top!

One of the views from the walls of the Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros) at Sintra, Portugal. This picture was taken last summer.

The - Wikipedia article - says this :-

"the Castle of Sintra was built by the Moors, possibly between the 9th and 10th centuries. Arab chronicles depict the Sintra region as being very rich in cultivated fields. Its castle was one of the most important in the surroundings.

In 1147, after the conquest of Lisbon by King Afonso Henriques, the Moorish garrison of the castle surrendered to the Christians without resistance. Afonso Henriques promoted the development of the region by granting a foral (letter of feudal rights) to the inhabitants of Sintra and its castle in 1154. During the reign of King Sancho I the castle was repaired, as well as the romanesque Church of Saint Peter, (Igreja de São Pedro) inside its walls."

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comments (19)

A magnificent panorama. I think I'd be a bit nervous to be up so high.
Look at htose stairs hugging the cliff! I really like this one with the impressive view over the cliffs. You can see all the depth and the many levels of perspective. Awesome shot!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 27 Jun 2007, 01:52
Looks like what I see everytime I step into my backyard (yeah the one in me dreams smile )

Sinu
Spain and Portugal repudiate their Arab past, yet that is probably the most interesting period in their histories!

This shot does well by the greatness that was Al Andalus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Andalus
  • kay
  • Portland
  • 27 Jun 2007, 05:24
Very pretty, Ellie. I love all of the details of this series. Each one captures a different view and a story. smile
Nice picture .. Were you hanging off an edge ?
That is a fabulous shot, Ellie - from the clinging ivy in the foreground to the hills in the distance. I like the composition, too. Also, you careful descriptions and information are really interesting. (:o)

(nearly there with the exams! sighs of relief all round, I bet!)
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 27 Jun 2007, 09:02
Another goodimage from portugal, plenty of detail and the right vantage point, well seen.
Great image Ellie. Really like your composition and angle.
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 27 Jun 2007, 10:14
Wow. Now we're talking! This is just great, Ellie.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Jun 2007, 10:53
Whao! Great image. Really shows off the strategic placement of this place well.
I like this shot Ellie. Well captured.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Jun 2007, 13:02
nice overview of the valei
They definitely knew how to pick their spots. I like the view and I can see why they would want a castle on this hill. Good work, Ellie and good luck to your son for his final exam.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 27 Jun 2007, 15:32
All that rock and stone give this a fortress feel, Ellie...impenetrable. I would love to see it in person some day. Till then, your pics take me there. Thanks.

One more day!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Jun 2007, 15:45
One more day? I thought today was the last.

Great shot, I actually like the view down into the civilised area the most.
  • _Monika_
  • cloudy London
  • 27 Jun 2007, 16:06
Oh no Ellie, you are ''stealing'' my shots! I am just kidding obviously, I liked the Moorish castle so much when I was there but my pictures are mostly from completely different angles! Interesting that it is the same place but so different shots! Thanks God for SC!!! smile
Wow, impressive place. Isolated too... but I think it was a quality for middle-ages castles ! smile
Wow Amazing ! Very nice landscape !

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