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Almeida – Video

The town of Almeida is known for its fortress, which, with its twelve-pointed star shape, is one of the most spectacular European examples of 17th century bastioned defensive systems. Almeida Fort Square is a candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage category.

Toponymy is literally translated from Arabic: «Terra Plana», which makes perfect sense since the county’s territory is largely plateau zone. Crossing the county from south to north, and being one of the few Portuguese rivers that flows in this direction, the Côa river opens an abrupt valley in this plateau, dividing the municipality into two well-marked parts.

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