A sign at th entrance of the castle shows a brief history of the structure

A sign at th entrance of the castle shows a brief history of the structure

Main door of the castle (seen from inside)

Main door of the castle (seen from inside)

The Castle of Elvas is small in size but it is Portugal’s most battle hardened castle due to its proximity to the Spanish border

The Castle of Elvas is small in size but it is Portugal’s most battle hardened castle due to its proximity to the Spanish border

A covered structure in the midle of the courtayrad - this may have been a cistern in the past

A covered structure in the midle of the courtayrad - this may have been a cistern in the past

This castle is built on the highest point of the city - it has thick solid walls, high battlements and a solid keep

This castle is built on the highest point of the city - it has thick solid walls, high battlements and a solid keep

The castle lies to the north of the town, overlooking the Spanish city of Badajoz

The castle lies to the north of the town, overlooking the Spanish city of Badajoz

The plan of the castle is an irregular quadrilateral polygon, defined by four walls, flanked by towers in the south, west and north

The plan of the castle is an irregular quadrilateral polygon, defined by four walls, flanked by towers in the south, west and north

Some of the broken fragments found in the area are on display inside a small museum in the castle

Some of the broken fragments found in the area are on display inside a small museum in the castle

These broken objects once were a part of one's kitchen

These broken objects once were a part of one's kitchen

There items have very little appeal beceuse they are in bad shape, one of the best medieval pottery can be seen in Mertola, Silves and Tavira

There items have very little appeal beceuse they are in bad shape, one of the best medieval pottery can be seen in Mertola, Silves and Tavira

The Castle of Elvas offers some amazing views from the top of the battlements

The Castle of Elvas offers some amazing views from the top of the battlements

In the distance, just above the hills, the town of Badajoz (Spain) can be seen

In the distance, just above the hills, the town of Badajoz (Spain) can be seen

Muslims lived  peacefully in this city between 8th-12th centuries

Muslims lived peacefully in this city between 8th-12th centuries

In 1166, this castle was conquered by Afonso Henriques

In 1166, this castle was conquered by Afonso Henriques

The Muslim armies re-took the castle and in 1200, Sancho I encircled the citadel, and his successor, Sancho II made a tentative attempt to capture Elvas in 1226

The Muslim armies re-took the castle and in 1200, Sancho I encircled the citadel, and his successor, Sancho II made a tentative attempt to capture Elvas in 1226

Stairs inside one of the towers at the front of the castle

Stairs inside one of the towers at the front of the castle

The town and castle were finally abandoned in 1230 by the Muslims who left Elvas to defend the city of Merida in Spain

The town and castle were finally abandoned in 1230 by the Muslims who left Elvas to defend the city of Merida in Spain

Elvas was under siege from 1325 to 1327 from the forces of Alfonso XI of Castile

Elvas was under siege from 1325 to 1327 from the forces of Alfonso XI of Castile

Few other sieges took place at this castle, first with a two-day siege in 1334; in 1337; and then in 1381

Few other sieges took place at this castle, first with a two-day siege in 1334; in 1337; and then in 1381

It was also besieged in 1385, by John II of Castille, during the Restoration Wars (1384-1387)

It was also besieged in 1385, by John II of Castille, during the Restoration Wars (1384-1387)

Fortress of Nossa Senhora da Graça seen from the Castle of Elvas

Fortress of Nossa Senhora da Graça seen from the Castle of Elvas

This fortress lies in the village of Alcaçova, about 1 kilometre from Elvas  and it was built in the 18th century

This fortress lies in the village of Alcaçova, about 1 kilometre from Elvas and it was built in the 18th century

A beautifull roundabout, next to the battlements of the Elvas Castle

A beautifull roundabout, next to the battlements of the Elvas Castle

A small community, probably a village seen from the castle walls

A small community, probably a village seen from the castle walls

Access to the battlements are made from a staircase on the northwestern wall, defended by three simple embrasures and through a doorway with broken bow

Access to the battlements are made from a staircase on the northwestern wall, defended by three simple embrasures and through a doorway with broken bow

Porta da Traição (Traitor's Gate) lies in the northwestern wall of the castle

Porta da Traição (Traitor's Gate) lies in the northwestern wall of the castle

The northwestern battlements provide access to the keep tower

The northwestern battlements provide access to the keep tower

Looking at the Rua da Parada do Castelo from the battlements (beside the keep of the castle)

Looking at the Rua da Parada do Castelo from the battlements (beside the keep of the castle)

Between 1658 and 1659, this castle was besieged by the Spanish forces once again

Between 1658 and 1659, this castle was besieged by the Spanish forces once again

During the Peninsular wars, this castle was taken by the French forces in 1807

During the Peninsular wars, this castle was taken by the French forces in 1807

This tower is situated to the southwest and it has a vaulted ceiling

This tower is situated to the southwest and it has a vaulted ceiling

Later, I saw a pottery workshop inside the tower being used by a local

Later, I saw a pottery workshop inside the tower being used by a local