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A popular tourist destination today, Silves was once the capital of Moorish Algarve. Surrounded by red sandstone walls and gates, Silves is protected by its Moorish castle which was finally captured by Dom Sancho I. The castle was restored in 1835.

Res Sandstone Walls and Gates in Silves, Portugal

Silves Castle, Portugal

Statue to Dom Sancho I, Silves, Portugal

The other landmark of Silves is the 1189 Se MisericoridiaCathedral Church standing over a peaceful cobbled square with charming cafe terraces.

Se Cathedral of Misericoridia, Silves, Portugal