Millennial Land

Castle of Matos

The region was continuously occupied during the medieval times, notably the hilltop of the Castle of Matos. It has a strong presence in the landscape and is an important part of Baião’s identity as it was the place chosen by the lord of this territory, who decided over the fate of the lands of Bayam in mid-11th Century. It was a wooden fortress, which was destroyed in a fire. It was in its ashes that the spur of a knight was found – a unique specimen of the period of the Christian reconquest found within the country’s territory up to then.

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