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Jerónimos Monastery 
 
The Jerónimos Monastery is one of the main tourist attractions of Lisbon; its history dating back to 1495 when Manuel I (1469–1521) ordered its construction as a final resting place for him and his descendants. A church - dedicated to Santa Maria de Belém - already existed on the site and this housed the monks of the military-religious Order of Christ who provided assistance to seafarers.  READ MORE
 
 

 
 
Silves
 
Silves Castle
 
Located in one of the oldest towns in the Algarve, the Castle at Silves dominates the city from the top of the hill. Dating from the times of the Moors, the castle was constructed between the 8th and 13th centuries.  However, the remains of foundations and a couple of cisterns confirm that the Romans, who conquered Silves, around 201 B.C. - and transformed it into a citadel and a commercial centre - were also here.  Artefacts found at the site also confirm that the Visigoths were also inhabitants.   READ MORE

 
 

 

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