The medieval castleThe statue of King D. Sancho I at the entrance of Silves Castle.At the time of the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the Portuguese monarch D. Sancho I (1185-1211) was also attracted by the prosperity of this enclave. In early 1189, with the help of a fleet of Danish and Frisian crusaders, it conquered the neighboring Alvor Castle. In the summer of the same year, with the help of a new fleet of crusaders, now of English and German, intends, from the second half of July, the conquest of Silves, who imposes a hard place. From this episode came the narrative of one of its participants, which describes the violence of the siege, as well as the use of a variety of war machines, such as wooden towers, catapults and a "hedgehog" (wooden sphere). armed with iron spikes), which destroyed several towers and sections of the wall, leading to the village's surrender on 2 September, violently looted at the time.