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Fortaleza de Sagres

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João Carreira
location Sagres
function atelier, cafe, culture, exposition space, information centre, renovation, shop
contributed by NGHM

A bulwark-like fortress on a unusual beautiful place, on the Cabo de São Vicente (St. Vincent's Cape) overlooking the Enseada da Mareta (Mareta Inlet) with a historically unique position in the national mythology, has been much reformed in the second half of the 18th century. Traces of ruins go back as far as the 12th century. In the 90's last century the architectural intervention to improve the Fortress under a project made by the architect João Carreira, from Porto, - though polemical - included the construction of a module for temporary exhibitions and a multimedia centre (reusing the "correnteza", the existing row of houses), some shops to promote cultural goods, and a cafeteria, thus making it possible to introduce order and maintain the whole historic ensemble. The services in the Sagres Fortress also work as a technical support group to the IPPAR archaeological interventions in the Algarve.

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Fortaleza de Sagres
Fortaleza de Sagres
Project is public!
Opening hours Summer (May to September): From 10.00 am to 8.30 pm. Winter (October to April): From 10.00 am to 6.30 pm. Last admittance 15 minutes before closing time. Previous booking required for commented tours and Educational Workshops. Tel.: +351 282 620 140 or fortaleza.sagres[at]
How to get there? Major Roads: From Lagos - EN 125 up to Vila do Bispo and EN 268 up to Sagres. From Odemira - EN 268 up to Sagres, through Vila do Bispo. Car park near the fort. It is especially beautiful in the late afternoon, just before sunset.
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Completion 1997
ArchitectJoão Carreira
Client IPPAR Portuguese Institute of Architectural Heritage
Project ID 1506
Latitude/Longitude 37°00'02N 08°56'53W
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