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the fortress of Vimioso

The Book of Fortresses was made in the early 16th century by Duarte de Armas, esquire of King Manuel I of Portugal. It depicts Portuguese fortresses located near the border with the (then) kingdom of Castile — and the Royal Palace in Sintra.


All the drawings were made from direct observation. The second part of the codex shows plans (blueprints — anachronistic term) of some of the fortresses.


the fortress and town of Alandroal

Anandroal  plan

the plan of the Alandroal fortress

The entire codex is on-line here.  

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