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A List of Portuguese Castles. Every famous castle from Portugal has been included. Originally made of earth and wood, later castles were built of stone, so many still survive today. Spanning a period of 900 years during the middle ages, castles come in many styles of architecture and design. Despite their differences though, they all have one feature in common-- they are fortified. Castles are defensive structures specifically built to withstand attack in the medieval world. Technologies such as arrowslits, murder-holes, and moats further improved their capabilities. Castles finally fell out of favor with the advent of gun powder, as offensive technologies, such as canons, rendered castles largely obsolete.

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Castle of Almourol

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Castle of Amieira do Tejo

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Castle of Ansiães

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Castle of Belver

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Castle of Campo Maior

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Castle of Castelo Rodrigo

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Castle of Elvas

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Castle of Évoramonte

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Castle of Guimarães

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Castle of Leiria

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Castle of Marialva

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Castle of Montalegre

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Castle of Montemor-o-Velho

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Castle of Óbidos

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Castle of Ourém

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Castle of Penela

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Castle of Pinhel

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Castle of Portalegre

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Castle of Santa Maria da Feira

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Castle of São Jorge

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Castle of Soure

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Castle of Terena

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Castle of the Moors

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Castle of Tomar

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Castle of Viana do Alentejo

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Dona Chica Castle

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Paderne Castle