Also hospitable Knights would build a remarkable work in Tras-os-Montes, the Castle Algoso (***) belonging to the municipality of Vimioso and is formidably installed a quartz ridge. It's really amazing Castle Algoso, an impregnable building over the abyss.
We remind readers that the most heedless remarkable monuments in Portugal built by the Knights of the Hospital are:
-Castle Belvis (**) (Sparrow-hawk) (click to read the text)
-Castle of alder Tejo (**) (Nice) (click to read the text)
-Abbey Rose flower and Historical Inn (***) (Crato)
-Monastery of Howard Springs (***) (Matosinhos)
-Church of Veracruz Marmelar (*) (Portel)
-Castle Algoso (**) (Vimioso)
The magnificent landscape envisioned the castle Algoso
The Castle Algoso south of the village is in a dominant position on the knoll of Penenciada and the landscape can be seen that it is magnificent, with comprehensive visual field of Mirandese Plateau . Of its walls is seen almost all the Tras-os-Montes especially the hills of Posts and Nogueira and even farther out in Spain Puebla de Sanabria But that q is the foremost in the retina is the magnificent fitting Angueira River serpenteadora quartz ridge in the flavor of tectonic convulsions, and where the implants Castle Algoso a 681 meters of altitude. Its position allows visual identification also identify many other points, transmontano the plateau and as Vimioso Hill (*) to north, and Feathers Roias (*) , for sul.
A little history of the Castle Algoso
Recent archaeological research has confirmed that it occurred in several stages since the Chalcolithic period to the Roman occupation. Some of these materials are visible in the Interpretation Center opened recently.
In 1173 there were already references the existence of Castle Algoso was sent to build the early twelfth century. Later, this powerful building, which was negotiated by King D. Sancho I, providing in exchange Vimioso.
The former defensive line Portucalense nationality along the left bank of the Sabor River to the confluence of the River Angueira consisted of four castles: two – of the Million and the Santulhão – now there is nothing and the two remaining – of the Hill (this-ruined village in the municipality of Bragança has a wonderful church (**) and to Algoso.
Complemented the main defense of the northeast sector transmontano castles Feathers Róias (*), of Mogadouro and, although far, of the Bragança (**).
Sometime later, D. Sancho II awarded him the Order of the Hospital. In this Castle Algoso resident representative of the king it collected real rights on the lands of Miranda and Feathers Roias (in this domain of the Knights of the Temple).
In possession of the Hospitallers, the castle was transformed into a Gothic fortress.
In a first step, Castle has retained its supervisory role of territory and frontier defense of the realm, strengthening itself with gothic solutions that still characterize its architectural structure. But it was also hospitable area under the castle saw progressively reduced its military-political importance dictated by the consolidation of the new model of regional development, alicerçado nas new Vilas urbanas, and the assertion of a more advanced line of fortifications Miranda do Douro, Vimioso and Knoll- situated along the border and more adapted to the advances of firearms. Thus reduced to a fortress "second line", Castle prevailed as a master symbol, headquarters of a major Commendation of the Order of St. John of the Hospital who tutored the whole field of this Military Order met in transmontano space.
In 1710, during the war of Seventy Years, shortly after his remains Miranda, the Spaniards made several sorties on land Vimioso, attacking, among other, the old town of Algoso, however they managed to keep its square. (Continue)
Thanks: The Remarkable been housed in Portugal Vileira (Vimioso) and visited the Castle Algoso to call this magnificent hotel and restaurant that supports the turismo cultural.