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The 羒idos Castle
is located in the village of the same name, Parish of Santa Maria, County of 羒idos, Leiria District, Portugal.

Portuguese example of the medieval fortress, built on a small hill, past the sea, dominates the surrounding plains and the Arno River in the east. Result of various architectural interventions over the centuries, includes the entire village, which preserves its characteristics in an almost medieval scenic.

Classified as a National Monument on July 7, 2007 he was elected as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

The castle stands at an altitude of 79 meters above sea level, with plants in irregular rectangular shape (organic), mixing elements of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Manueline spread over two main zones: the Castelejo (Current Pousada Castle, or Pousada de 羒idos) in-house and the neighborhood.

The perimeter walls, strengthened by square towers, cylindrical, reaches 1,565 meters, fully covered by an embattled parapet defended by parapet. In some sections, the walls rise to 13 feet tall.

The section east of the wall constitutes the core of wider walled castle and the surrounding village, and that, extending from both sides toward the south by 500 meters, close to the perimeter edge, Torre called on the Torch.

Access is by four doors and two wickets, especially the Village Door or Gate of Our Lady of Mercy, surmounted by an inscription, placed there by King John IV (1640-1656), which reads: The Virgin Our Lady was conceived without original sin. Inside is a chapel with a balcony, tiled eighteenth century.
Shooting Data
Nikon D40
2008/11/18 14:54
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Color
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/100 sec - F/11
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Auto
Sharpening: Auto
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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