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THE CASTLES OF PORTUGAL - PORTO FORTE DE SÃO FRANCISCO XAVIER (OPORTO SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER FORTREES)
Since immemorial time, it is said that the huge rock where the castle was built was a sacred place for Dragane, Celtic tribe who came to the Iberian Peninsula six centuries before Christ.
Since very early times, that in this rock was built a castle, small at the time was called Forte do Queijo (Chese Fortress), 22 centuries After the Druids in the year 1643, The King El Rey Dom João IV ordered the construction of a new castle on the existing infraestructures, and this was called the castle of St. Francis Xavier.
Composed of angular design, wide shot platforms and large walls, whithout towers, with moats for the land zone, a tremendous portcullis, etc.. all this architectural ensemble of the castle is a beautiful work of art.
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