PORTALEGRE

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Though of dark Roman precedents, the locality could have his origin in the Moslem invasion, since to the being a strategic point, for logic one could raise there some Moslem fortification, which with the vicissitudes of the Christian reconquest, was giving place from the medieval castle, to the fortress that today we know.

It is known that in the reign of D. Alfonso III proper jurisdictions were granted to him. His son Don Dionís, ordered to construct the fortress that today we know, after the reinforcement arranging of all the defenses of the city, since she was doing in other nearby populations along the oscillating line of the reconquest and of the border with Castile. Rich Portalegre for your history and the monuments that this one left, had protagonism in the struggles between the king and your brother the infante D. Alfonso, controlling the Military Orders in the siege and capture of the city.

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Already in the Modern epoch Portalegre's strong seat they adapted to the new military technologies and especially to the protagonism of the artillery, by means of a fortification abaluartada, endowed with pits, bastions and forts. Portalegre suffered the vicissitudes of the War of Restoration, of the War of Spanish Succession and of the Peninsular Wars of Independence, before the invasion of the Napoleonic troops.

The city blooms from the XVIIth century, to suffer a later decadence, recovering gradually from the XIXth century. At present it is the capital of District of the High place Alentejo. Of your rich past numerous monuments remain as the medieval walls, or Cathedral, the Convemto of San Francisco, bastions, etc. Today portalegre it turned into a prosperous and modern city, the capital of the district of high place Alentejo.

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