Sertã Castle

Discover Sertã Castle, in Castelo Branco, Portugal

Sertã Castle
Sertã Castle
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Sertã Castle is located in the homonymous city, in the district of Castelo Branco, Portugal.

 

Legend goes that this rare five-corner castle (uncommon in Portugal) was built by Roman captain Sertorius, in 74 a.C., as part of the defense network around Serra da Estrela.

Inside the walls, the well-known legend of Celinda developed: she expelled the Roman by throwing a pan of boiling oil; however, archaeological excavations conducted here, date the castle and its original occupation during the Islamic period (10th-11th century). Within the castle, you will also find the Capela de São João Baptista Chapel, from the 17th century, and built on top of a primitive medieval church.

The castle suffered serious damage throughout time, and in the 18th century was practically destroyed. For a long time, the inhabitants of Sertã demanded it to be restored, but had little success until 1936, when one of the towers of the castle was rebuilt, as well as the chapel. In 1999, the Câmara Municipal carried out a massive restoration project, and between 1996 and 1998, excavations were performed that revealed the existence of an ancient barn, a chapel preceding the current one, and a road in use between the 15th and 16th centuries, as well as fragments of Islamic pottery.

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Location:

Sertã, Castelo Branco.

Opening Hours:

Summer:

Weekends and Bank Holidays: 10h00 to 20h00.
Monday to Friday: 9h00 17h00.

Winter:

Weekends and Bank Holidays: 10h00 to 17h00.
Monday to Friday: 9h00 to 17h00.

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