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The Palace is the great monument that grows in the town centre and accentuates its character

Vítor Serrão, Art historian

Everything in Sintra is divine There is no corner that is not a poem

Eça de Queirós, Os Maias, 1888

Vergílio Ferreira,

I give and bestow upon you, Queen Isabel my wife, for all the days in your life, my towns of Sintra

Rei Dom Dinis, last quarter of the 13th century

Two domed chimneys, dominated the whole building

Hans Christian Andersen, A Visit to Portugal, 1866


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Vista para o Centro de Apoio ao Visitante do Castelo dos Mouros, a partir de um caminho de muralha restaurado.

Opening to the public of the Visitor Support Centre containing the ticket office, store, cafeteria and sanitation facilities. The project carried out included the restoration of pathways and walls, landscaping the surrounding area, restoring the Church and opening up the cistern to visitors.

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Equipa de arqueólogos no decorrer dos trabalhos do Campo de Investigação Arqueológica, no Castelo dos Mouros.

PSML launched the beginning of the Archaeological Research Dig at the Moorish Castle in order to better understand and form a more scientific perspective on the various human occupations of the castle site, its phases of construction and the respective social spaces.

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Parques de Sintra takes over managing the Moorish Castle.

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UNESCO classifies the Sintra hills, including the Moorish Castle, as a World Heritage Cultural Landscape.

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Vista para a Capela de São Pedro de Canaferrim, anterior à intervenção de investigação arqueológica de 2010.

First archaeological research excavations alongside the Castle and at the Church of São Pedro de Canaferrim.

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Retrato do Rei Dom Fernando segundo.

King Ferdinand II acquires the Castle and converts it to the romantic style of the 19th century through exuberant planting and reconstruction in accordance with a medieval imaginary.

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Attribution of the Sintra Town Charter with the Castle encharged to Gualdim Pais, Master of the Order of the Knights Templar.

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Incursion into the castle by Sigurd I, King of Norway, the first crusading king.

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9th century

First reference to “two castles […] of outer solidity” in Sintra by the Arabic geographer Al-Bakrî.
Source: Al-Himyarî, Arabic geographer and historian.

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8th century

Moorish conquest of Al-Andalus, current Portugal and Spain.

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5000 b.C

Vaso completo de cerâmica, do Neolítico, recolhido no Castelo dos Mouros.

Occupation of the castle slopes by Neolithic communities

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Vista da Muralha do Castelo Dos Mouros sobre a zona de implementação do novo Centro de Atendimento ao Visitante.

Beginning of the Castle restoration works in accordance with the “Conquer the Castle” project.

Timeline Direita2007

Entrada para a segunda cintura de muralhas do Castelo, com o pavimento e porta recuperados.

Rehabilitation of the Moorish Castle and Park of Pena Santa Maria pedestrian paths.

Timeline Direita1998-2000

Escavações arqueológicas realizadas na zona das antigas cavalariças, no Castelo dos Mouros.

Identification of the surviving present of Moorish homes, residences and silos.

Timeline Direita1993-1995

Vista da vertente nascente da muralha, onde se efetuaram escavações arqueológicas com a recolha de artefactos correspondentes a ocupação neolítica.

Archaeological excavations identify the existence of the Neolithic occupation.

Timeline Direita1939

Restoration works carried out by DGEMN, integrated into the program developed by the political regime of that time within the scope of commemorating the tenth centenary of the Christian Reconquest.

Timeline Direita1287

King Dinis bestows the town of Sintra and its surrounding lands on Saintly Queen Isabel.

Timeline Direita1147

Duas moedas cunhadas no reinado de D. Afonso Henriques.

Following the taking of Lisbon by King Afonso Henriques, the Moorish rule over the Castle ends.

Timeline Direita11th to 12th centuries

Vestígios da ocupação islâmica, em área arqueológica preservada no Centro de Apoio ao Visitante do Castelo dos Mouros.

Final phase in the Castle’s Islamic Neighbourhood with the occupation visible in the preserved and displayed archaeological remains.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        .

Timeline Direita10th century

Foundation of the Castle, administratively answering to the Caliph of Cordoba.

Timeline Direita1.200 b.C.

Reconstituição de cerâmica da Idade do Bronze, a partir dos fragmentos recolhidos no Castelo dos Mouros.

Bronze Age.
Existence of a fortified settlement on this site and demonstrated by the countless ceramic fragments found from this period.