The creation of Castles and Town Walls of the Mondego Network respected an old alliance…
In the year 1064, Fernando Magno conquered Coimbra, a crucial event in the long process of Christian conquests. Henceforth, Coimbra and the Mondego basin, assumed the defence of the border between two worlds, Christian and Muslim.
The commander of this new frontier was called Mozarabic Sesnando Davides. Raised in the Abbad II al-Mutadid court, Sesnando volunteered to serve D. Fernando and was appointed first Governor of Coimbra, leading the country's advanced guard. As such, he established a set of defensive structures under their administration.
The Castles of Coimbra, Lousã, Miranda do Corvo, Montemor-o-Velho, Penela, Soure and Buarco's watchtower formed, among others, the Defensive Line of the Mondego. Other structures such as The Castle of Pombal and Germanelo also joined the border, consolidating the frontier which became the scene of both armed conflict and instability as well as peaceful coexistence.
This is a fascinating history of which we are the legitimate heirs ...
The Mondego Castles and Town Walls Network seeks to dignify this history and create, from the historical and cultural heritage, a touristic experience of excellence by fostering the defensive line of the Mondego and mobilizing partners for the creation of joint enterprises.
Today, twelve partners sit at the same table to defend the heritage bequeathed by D. Sesnando:
Together, they give life to the Agency for the Development of Castles and Town Walls of the Mondego Network.
The campaign that we have undertaken will be long and challenging. All are invited to reclaim our history! Come and recapture it with us!