Castle of Silves

Built by the Almoravid Arabs in the 11th century, the imposing and admirable Silves Castle is a distinct reminder of the grandeur of the art of the Muslims, reflecting the splendour attained by the Islamic civilisation in the Algarve.


Silves: Castle view

Silves: Castle view


Silves: Archaeological museum

Silves: Archaeological museum

The impressive building of the Archaeological Museum of Silves is situated below the Moorish castle. It shows regional findings of the various periods from the Palaeolithic Age until modern times. One of the highlights One of the highlights is the collection of ceramics that is said to be among the best in Portugal. The museum was inaugurated in 1990 on the grounds of a cistern dating back to the period of the Almuhadens in the 12th and 13th century, forming the corner piece of the museum.


Silves: Castle D. Sancho 2

Silves: Castle D. Sancho 2


Silves Castle: Carved ceiling

Silves Castle: Carved ceiling

The carved ceiling of the doorway is covered by bricks, and only a little daylight comes through a small square opening in the centre.


Silves: Castle D. Sancho 1

Silves: Castle D. Sancho 1


Silves: Castle Ceiling Entrance 2

Silves: Castle Ceiling Entrance 2


Silves: Castle courtyard 1

Silves: Castle courtyard 1


Silves: Castle courtyard 2

Silves: Castle courtyard 2


Silves Castle: Doorway

Silves Castle: Doorway

View to the inner courtyard of the castle through the doorway.


Silves: Castle in Mai 09

Silves: Castle in Mai 09


Silves: Castle courtyard

Silves: Castle courtyard


Silves Castle: Reconstruction

Silves Castle: Reconstruction

This reconstruction of a Moorish archway in the inner yard of the castle is a fine example of the artful architecture of that important period.


Silves: Castle cistern

Silves: Castle cistern


Silves:Castle cistern entrance

Silves:Castle cistern entrance


Silves:  Castle cistern stairs

Silves: Castle cistern stairs


Silves: Castle stairs 1

Silves: Castle stairs 1


Castle of Silves: Battlements

Castle of Silves: Battlements

The fortified walls of the castle are armed with strong battlements. They are built out of red sandstone of the region, the so called “grés vermelho de Silves” and dried mud.


Silves Castle: Battlements

Silves Castle: Battlements

Visitors can completely “invade” the castle, walking on the walls and enjoying great views towards the city and countryside.


Silves: Castle

Silves: Castle

Aerial view to the castle of Silves, an impressive monument of the Moorish period and its great cultural heritage.

 

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