Castelo de Numão
Castle in Vila Real
The Castle of Numão is a medieval castle located in the village of Numão, in the northern region of Portugal. The castle dates back to the 12th century, when it was built by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, as a strategic fortress to defend the Portuguese borders from the Spanish Kingdom of León.
The castle is situated on a hill overlooking the valley of the River Douro, providing a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Its location and impressive fortifications made it a key stronghold in the region, and it played an important role in defending the area during the various conflicts between Portugal and Spain in the Middle Ages.
The castle was also an important center of religious power, serving as the seat of the Bishop of Lamego in the 16th century. Today, the castle is a popular tourist attraction and is open to the public for visits. Visitors can explore the castle walls, towers, and other fortifications, and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The castle is also known for its well-preserved Gothic-style chapel, which contains beautiful frescoes and other religious art.