The Castle of Monção was built by King Denis of Portugal in 1306 and it was enlarged in 1656. From the original castle, the only remains are two doors, some pieces of the medieval wall, and the Torre de Lapela Towers, which shows off the coast of arms of King Ferdinand I.

From the walls, the only remain is the main door, defended by the Keep, with a Gothic style; and the treachery door, with a smaller size. From the 17th century fortress there are many parts still standing, such as the Porta de Salvaterra Door and some bastions.

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Founded: 1306
Category: Castles and fortifications in Portugal

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