Many dinosaur bones and fossils being exhibited in the municipal museum are proof of the millennial occupation of Porto de Mos, which counts on its castle with unique characteristics to be the main host for visitors.
Castle of Porto de Mos
The Castle of Porto de Mos was built by the Muslims on the ruins of a Roman lookout station. The Castle – which was important in the 12th century during the Christian Reconquest – still preserves much of its original trace. The two turrets that form its main façade are embellished with two pyramidal cupolas with green ware finishing that give the Castle of Porto de Mos its unique characteristics.
The castle of Porto de Mos became particularly important in 1385, since it was where the Portuguese troops led by Saint Nuno Alvares Pereira stayed overnight prior to the Battle of Aljubarrota.
GPS 39°36'12.34"N 8°49'7.45"W
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
Open to the public since 1989, the museum collects and exhibits pieces relating to land use and occupation activities, geological resources, and the history of the exploration and exploitation of the Lena Basin charcoal.
The following stand out from all the collections: ware from the Royal Factory of Juncal (1770 – 1876), epigraphy from several parts of the district (Roman – Medieval), rock, mineral, and fossil collections, and ethnography.
GPS 39°36'6.91"N 8°49'4.67"W
Battle of Aljubarrota Interpretation Centre
The Battle of Aljubarrota Interpretation Centre aims at presenting to the public the battle that took place in the plateau of Sao Jorge, in 1385, by resorting to the new technologies. Here, you can view the plateau where the emblematic conflict took place and you can also, for example, learn where the Portuguese army and the French/Castilian army were located; where Saint Nuno Alvares Pereira, King John I, the English archers, and the Portuguese ‘Flank of Sweethearts’ were positioned.