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Citania de Briteiros, Guimaraes

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The Citânia de Briteiros is an archaeological site of the Castro culture located in the Portuguese civil parish of Briteiros São Salvador e Briteiros Santa Leocádia in the municipality of Guimarães; important for its size, "urban" form and developed architecture, it is one of the more excavated sites in northwestern Iberian Peninsula. Although primarily known as the remains of an Iron Age proto-urban hill fort (or oppidum), the excavations at the site have revealed evidence of sequential settlement, extending from the Bronze to Middle Ages.
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  • This was an amazing find! Winding paths through an excavated ancient village, with many remains of huts from 2nd century BC. It is a true archaeological find and very interesting to explore. Maps.....  more
    This was an amazing find! Winding paths through an excavated ancient village, with many remains of huts from 2nd century BC. It is a true archaeological find and very interesting to explore. Maps.....  more »
  • Unknown to most travellers, this piece of history is fascinating. Located in the mountains of northern Portugal, it was rediscovered by archeologists in recent years and the 2000 year old remnants.....  more
    Unknown to most travellers, this piece of history is fascinating. Located in the mountains of northern Portugal, it was rediscovered by archeologists in recent years and the 2000 year old remnants.....  more »
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  • Era um local pre-historico incrivel! I generally love a great Roman ruin, tracing out the landscape, the boundaries of the homes, width of the streets etc but this mountain top Citania is the same but far more impressive - because it's older and set upon an enclosure of ample rocks on am uneven landscape. The paths that run off the main road or walkway are also rather impressive. And it's all stone all rocks it seems I'm curious to know if there are many Celtic finds and I visited the local museum which is nice and offers a little glimpse of what was there. I'm not sure I'll have the chance to visit the main Celtic finds at the main museum in Guimares. This is definitely worth the stop though.
  • Very interesting Iron Age settlement. It dates from the same time as the Santa Tegra settlement a little further north in Spain. Very helpful and informative reception staff and a useful map provided. Be careful walking around the site as there are unguarded drops. The way back to Reception from the chapel area is not well marked and we found it a bit of a scramble. Well worth the drive to get there if you are in this part of Portugal.

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