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Moorish Castle

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Constructed by the Moors in the 8th or 9th Century A.D., this castle is situated on two peaks of the Serra de Sintra, and from its walls there are magnificent views.

Surrounded by walls and several towers. It underwent various repairs, particularly in the Romantic period (about 1860), when King Consort Fernando of Saxe Coburg-Gotha restored it, afforested the surrounding areas and gave the ancient ruins new dignity.


The Moorish Castle was conquered by Dom Afonso Henriques (1147), the monarch who also built the Romanesque Chapel of São Pedro, of which interesting traces remain, next to the oppidum, where there is also a cistern, an Arab horseshoe arch gate and remains of houses.

This chapel retains two interesting Romanesque doorways and in the chancel are traces of fresco paintings, as well as several tombs from the former medieval necropolis.

Pena Road. About 3.5 km from Old Quarter, on the road to Pena Palace
Opening Times: 9.30 - 18.00
Last entry: 17.00
Open daily
Admission: 3.50 €
Youth Card Holders: 1.60 €

Senior Citizens & 15 - 25 yr olds: 2 €
Lisboa Card Holders: 3 €
Guided visit supplement: 3.50 €

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Moorish Castle
Sintra