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This castle is the symbol for one of the decisive moments in the History of the Independence of Portugal, in the war of 1383-1385, as the Portuguese nationalists defeated the spanish invaders.

All you need is a historical map from 1150 to recognise the oldest national border of the world or from 1300, to recognise the oldest nation in the world, in the current borders.

The end of Portugal as a nation was sealed in 2004, as the portuguese government signed the EU constitution, amid general apathy - there wasn't any rebellion, not even mass protests.

Still we had to enter end times to witness what almost 1000 years of generations of portuguese would never ever have dreamed of.

Not even the poet prophet Bandarra, who lived just a few meters from these stone walls.

The other symbol, year 1582 - the second photo I posted, in May 2004.

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