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Cape S. Vicente Fortress

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Cape S. Vicente Fortress
Location
8650- SAGRES
District:Faro
County :Vila do Bispo
Parish:Sagres
Contacts Tel:282624234

Email:descubraportugal@infoportugal.pt

Cape S. Vicente is 60m high and 100m long, the south-western extreme of Portugal and Europe. It is a place full of millenary mysticism that Roman called “Lugun Cineticum”, a place where the Sun was one hundred times bigger and so hot that the sea waters even boiled. Some people believed that this was the place where the gods used to rest at night, for it could only be attended during the day. Separated by a few kilometres, Sagres Point and Cape São Vicente open like the fingers of a hand, setting the border between two completely different coastlines. The windy Atlantic coastline is located in the north, while the Algarve coast is set in the east with its warmer and milder sea waters. A great deal of commercial navigation between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic passes by this cape, showing that these sea depths must be quite rich, in archaeological terms. Legend has it that the body of St. Vincent was transported in the 4th century to a hermitage erected in this distant place, but the church was destroyed in the 12th century by the Almoravids. Later under the ruling period of King D. João III and D. Sebastião, a fortress was built here, but it was destroyed by English pirate Francis Drake and rebuilt in 1606. In the 19th century, a lighthouse was erected here that still illuminates nowadays this part of the Portuguese coast. (National Trust Building)

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Localização
8650- SAGRES
Distrito:Faro
County:Vila do Bispo
Parish:Sagres

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