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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Monsaraz, Portugal
For those who have been following this blog for a while know that when there is a door from Monsaraz, Portugal it must be sent in by António Caeiro. And they are right. António sent in this beautiful door from Monsaraz.
This small hilltop town of Monsaraz used to help guard against a Spanish section of the River Guadiana. The town came to prominence when it was captured from the Moors in 1167 by the famous soldier Geraldo Sem-Pavor (the Fearless). He improved the fortifications and gave the place to the militant Templar Order. It continued to suffer later many unsuccessful attacks from the invading Spanish throughout the following centuries. However, it was sacked in 1381 by the Earl of Cambridge when his proposed marriage to the daughter of Dom Fernando I was annulled and as a result he unleashed his anger on the town. His manner of gaining easy entry into the unassailable castle can be suspected as having pretended to still having enjoyed the favours of the Portuguese King.
posted by /T/ at 5:07 PM