Photographer's Note

The origins of the town of Bragança go back to a series of fortified structures that were changed in the time of King Dom Afonso I into a proper walled citadel by his brother-in-law Fernão Mendes . Completed around 1130 the place was named "Brigantia" and within its walls in 1187 Dom Sancho I built the castle that still remains. This town also gave its name to the last of the Portuguese royal lineage, the House of Bragança that descended from the illegitimate son of Dom João I who was created a Duke in 1442. The tower of the castle was to become a place of imprisonment or refuge for many historic personages including Dona Sancho , the unfortunate wife of its constructor

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Additional Photos by Isabel Silva (isamar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 81 W: 0 N: 247] (1424)
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