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SANTARÉM

The capital of Portuguese Gothic

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Santarém was always the stage of the most crucial moments of Portuguese History, from the city conquer by D. Afonso Henriques in 1147 to the departure at dawn of the bulletproof tanks of the Practical Cavalry School, led by Captain Salgueiro Maia towards Lisbon. This military movement put an end to one of the longest European dictatorships. Tejo river and the fertile plains of the “lezíria” region, in the surroundings of Santarém plateau, have always attracted inhabitants since ancient times. There are vestiges of human activity that date back to the end of Neolithic. It was firstly named “Scalabis” before Roman occupation. Under the Roman Empire, it was called “Scalabis Castrum” and “Praesidum Julium” (with Julius Caesar). Conquered by Visigoths in the 7th century, it became “Santa Irene” (or “Santa Iria”). During the Middle Ages, it became very important, which can be seen in an abundant built heritage. It is considered nowadays “The Gothic capital”. Writer Almeida Garrett called it “ a stone book where the most interesting and poetical of our chronicles is written”. The city offers porticos and rose windows, decorative elements of vault drawing, Manueline windows, towers and domes.

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