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At the Castle of Amieira do Tejo this is the master suport of the roof in two different perspectives. From the side and from underneath.

This castle was built in the middle of the 14th century by Álvaro Gonçalves Pereira, the prior of the Order of the Hospital and father of the future Lord High Constable of the reign, Nuno Álvares Pereira, the Amieira Castle is a fine specimen of the 14th century military architecture, integrated into the line of defensive fortresses south of the Tagus River.

The Castle underwent several alterations in the subsequent centuries, keeping, nevertheless, its primitive quadrilateral shape, surrounded by a barbican and flanked by four square towers in granite, with unequal dimensions. The donjon rises on the north corner, strong-looking, with two Gothic windows, one of them doubleframed, and the other with a pointed arch and log frame.

The Amieira do Tejo Castle underwent several changes over the centuries, namely, it was consistently used, in the 15th century, as a prison, and later, in the 17th century, its inside was occupied with residences. The donjon was recovered already in 1725.

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