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: 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: 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 Ceiling Entrance 2
Silves: Castle courtyard 1
Silves: Castle courtyard 2
Silves Castle: Doorway
View to the inner courtyard of the castle through the doorway.
Silves: Castle in Mai 09
Silves: Castle courtyard
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 entrance
Silves: Castle cistern stairs
Silves: Castle stairs 1
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
Visitors can completely “invade” the castle, walking on the walls and enjoying great views towards the city and countryside.
Aerial view to the castle of Silves, an impressive monument of the Moorish period and its great cultural heritage.