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Sesimbra Castle

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On a mountaintop, 240 m above sea level, lies strategically the ruins of the Moorish castle. It was taken from the Moors, during the Portuguese Reconquista in the year 1165 by king Afonso Henriques with the help of Frank Crusaders.

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