Alcobaça Castle is a military facility re-built by King D. Afonso Henriques (1143-1185), the first Portuguese king, right after defeating the Moors.
Over the centuries the Castle had a couple of rehabilitation works until its total demolition by the Queen D. Maria II (1834-1853) in the middle of the nineteenth century.
In the second half of the same century, a campaign was held to rebuilt a part of the castle, with the aim of saving its legacy and inheritance for the locals inhabitants.
Today, the Castle no longer has its initial configurations nor functions, however it is a extraordinary testimony from the begging of Portugal’s foundations.
The legacy, inheritance and identity represented by the Castle are also the legacy, inheritance and identity of the country and for that reason, it was classified in 1978 as a Public Interest Building.
Besides all its memories, today the Castle is not only an heritage but a unique viewpoint to the city and to its main and unique attraction, the Monastery of Alcobaça.
You can access the Alcobaça Castle any time.