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Friday Feature Photo: Remote Village of Marvão, Portugal

Castelo de Marvão, Portugal

PhotographerJosé Carlos Babo

Capture Date: April 12, 2014

LocationCastelo de Marvão, Portugal

About: Perched on a granite crag of the Serra de São Mamede lies the remote village of Marvão. Marvão’s name is derived from an 8th-century Muslim duke, named Ibn Marwan. Ibn Marwan used the fortress as a power base when establishing an independent statelet (“emirate”, duchy) – covering much of modern-day Portugal – during the Cordoban emirate (884-931 CE). The castle and walled village were further fortified through the centuries, notably under Sancho II of Portugal (13th century) and Dinis of Portugal.

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