Citânia de Longa

Tabuaço
Description
The hill fort of Longa, also known as castle of Longa or Moorish castle, is situated on a hillside and is listed by IPPAR (Portuguese Institute of Archaeological Heritage) as a Property of Public Interest.

Built in the Iron Age, the settlement had a complex defensive system formed by two rampart walls along the existing outcrops and adapted to the natural conditions afforded by the steep cliffs, showing how well the proto-historic communities (or of "recent pre-history") knew how to adapt their needs to what Nature gave them, skilfully combining the telluric forces and Man’s ability to shape the earth.

In fact, the entrance of the settlement is quite impressive due to its excellent state of preservation. Visitors can see, even for a few moments, the magnificence of such archaeological sites with their turrets, still visible today.

The granite walls of this construction stand at more than two metres high and more than a metre wide; granite slab wedges were used horizontally, which is absolutely essential to guarantee their strength and durability. We can identify some domestic type of structure in the area fenced-off by the inner wall.

Location: Tabuaço
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