Alandroal is a municipality of 6187 inhabitants and account with six freguesias. It borders in the northern part on Concelho de Vila Viçosa, in the eastern part on Spain, on south on Mourão and Reguengos de Monsaraz and in the western part on the municipality do Roundly. He is in the central zone of the region of the Alentejo, being Evora the capital of the territory. It gets up on a penillanura to 341 meters of height on the level of the sea and the city possesses approximately 2.000 inhabitants
Alandroal's villa locates in the right bank of the river The Guadiana, close to repressed water of the river The Guadiana contained in Alqueva's ambalse, conviritendose for them his lands in riverside zone. It was raised to the category of villa in 1486, by means of jurisdictions attributed to D. Juan II of Portugal.
The citadel I develop environment to your castle raised according to the tradition on order of the king D. Dinis of Portugal in the year 1294 and finished four years later, of the hand of D. Loureēo Alfonso Maestre of Avis's order. It exists several inscriptions in the fortress that like that they it support, figuring in addition the name of his builder, such a "Mouro Galvo". It is of Gothic style, with it plants lightly oval. But the documentary bases indicate that your construction was carried out for D. Joćo I, which delivered the castle and the citadel to Avis's Ordem. Your Tower of the Honoring distinguishes from other three, placed lightly advanced on the walls or curtains, that in turn they are cornados for a beautiful barbican defended by battlements of sharp pyramidal vertexes.
The principal door, known since It Carries Legal, this protected in your flanks for paths crenellated towers. To the tower of the Honoring one finds attached the Church of Our Lady of Grace, of the 13th century. That of the Suburb is placed in the western part and defends a tower of defense with saeteras from marble. In the building are observed traces, coincidental of Arabic style by the inscription mentioned to near your builder of Moslem origin. The experts indicate important similarities with the towers almohades of the Andalusian city of Seville.
D. Juan II In 1486
he grants to the citadel that already was surrounding the castle, the
category of Villa. In the 18th century your barbican remained ruined
and in the interior there were constructed diverse buildings that
broke your physiognomy and altered the functions for that the building
was constructed. In the following years numerous constructions were
leaned to your walls.
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