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Oct 14, 2010 - Alentejo/Alcoutim

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND After the destruction caused by massive flooding, the small town of Vila Real de Santo António was rebuilt by the Marquês de Pombal in his trademark grid style in just five short months. The town is nestled next to the Rio Guadiana, looking across to the Spanish territories. Three kilometres north lies the picturesque village of Castro Marim, sitting at the base of a 14th century castle built by the Christian king Dom Alfonso III, and used for keeping an eye on the Moors who were still in control of Spain. A religious...

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