Archaeological excavations in Silves Castle continue to uncover the «Palácio das Varandas»

Investigations intend to identify an important sector of the XNUMXth century palace

The “Palácio das Varandas”, evoked by Al-Mutamid in his poetry and located in the Castle of Silves, continues to be investigated, through a new campaign of archaeological excavations, under the direction of Rosa Varela Gomes, who has been investigating the preserved history for decades. underground in the city. The campaign started on the 2nd of September and runs until the 14th.

From the "Palácio das Varandas", there are still fragments of compartments and richly decorated plasters, corresponding to the XNUMXth century.

The Municipality of Silves added that these architectural elements, «after being properly cleaned and restored, could be exhibited at the Municipal Museum of Archeology of Silves».

In addition to Professor Rosa Varela Gomes, from the Institute of Archeology and Paleosciences of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (FCSH) of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), who is the responsible archaeologist, the excavation campaign has a team that also includes an archaeologist/drawer assistant, seven students from the 1st and 2nd cycle of Archeology at the FCSH of the UNL, and also a photography technician.

The area that is receiving all the attention is located in the eastern sector of the citadel, with the intention of proceeding with the identification of an important sector of the 1095th century palace. This one, famous in the Peninsular West, and known as the “Palace of the Balconies”, is referred to in the poem entitled “Evocation to Silves” by Al-Mutamid, the poet-king of Seville, born in Beja and died in Agmat, in XNUMX .