Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications, Elvas

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The Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications is a Unesco World Heritage Site, inscribed in the World Heritage list in 2012. Elvas is a Portuguese city in Alentejo, near the Portuguese-Spanish border.
The site, extensively fortified from the 17th to 19th centuries, represents the largest bulwarked dry ditch system in the world. Within its walls, the town contains barracks and other military buildings as well as churches and monasteries. While Elvas contains remains dating back to the 10th century, its fortification began during the Portuguese Restoration War. The fortifications played a major role in the Battle of the Lines of Elvas in 1659. The fortifications were designed by Dutch Jesuit Padre João Piscásio Cosmander and represent the best surviving example of the Dutch school of fortifications anywhere. The site consists the following:
Castle of Elvas Amoreira Aqueduct, built to withstand long sieges. Nossa Senhora da Graça Fort São Mamede Fort St. Peter Fort São Domingos Fort The Elvas History Centre
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  • I really hate to write this review but here goes. I am sure some will not agree. This place is needy in many respects. It is dirty, unkept, shoddy etc. The military museum has a few interesting... 
    I really hate to write this review but here goes. I am sure some will not agree. This place is needy in many respects. It is dirty, unkept, shoddy etc. The military museum has a few interesting...  more »
  • Elvas is home to three military structures. Elvas castle and the town walls dating from Moorish origins to the 12th century, Forte de Nossa Senhora da Graca 2km to the north built between 1763-92 and....  more
    Elvas is home to three military structures. Elvas castle and the town walls dating from Moorish origins to the 12th century, Forte de Nossa Senhora da Graca 2km to the north built between 1763-92 and....  more »

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