Town Hall, Cascais
The Town Hall of Cascais is an attractive building, which dates from the 18th century, and was almost completely restored, in 1821, following the devastating earthquake of 1755.
Above the main doorway, is an engraving commemorating the restoration date.
The Town hall is noted for its for its old hand painted tiles (Azulejos), decorating its interior and exterior. I'm afraid that I didn't get the chance to look inside.
Between each balcony is a different picture - many show saints or apostles.
The balconies have potted plants on them.
Outside the town hall are seats, where the local men gather to chat and put the world to rights!
If you're wanting to explore Cascais and its surrounding areas of interest, bike hire is free. Apparently, you just hand in your passport or driving licence here at the Town Hall.
The Town Hall is located in the Praca 5 de Outubro
On the 5th October 1910, Portugal established the First Republic, after the monarchy of King Manual 11, was ousted by revolutionaries, and Tiofilo Braga, a writer, became President. So this is the reason for the squares name.
You can chill out at the nearby O'Neills Irish bar and enjoy looking at the Town Halls exterior.
One VTer who's well known for wielding a video camera (now who could that be????) had his wrists slapped for trying to film inside this building (so his wife told me!)
I decided to head first, for a place that I'd already visited- Praca 5 de Outubro, which is the attractive square that is flanked by the Town Hall (Camera Municipal), O'Neils- (which became another VT HQ!), and the clock/bell tower.
A fringe of palm trees forms another end to the square
Particularly striking, is the paving of this Square. With its optical illusion of an undulating floor.
Calçada Portuguesa, is a traditional way of providing functional and decorative pavements and Plazzas in Portugal.
Although this craft of using small blocks of stone for paving is believed to have originated before the times of Ancient Rome, the trend for the decorative paving in Portugal was started in 1849, with a wave design known as "the wide sea", which was created in Rossio Square, in Lisbon.
Some Calcadas are quite intricate in design, with coats of arms, and portraits.
The designs are still created and restored by hand, by calceteiros who can be seen working in the cities and towns. Whereas previously, Portugals villages and towns boasted hundreds of these traditional craftsmen, their numbers are dwindling, probably due to the hard working conditions - long hours, physically demanding and low wages.
Although attractive to look at, the surfaces are often uneven, and can be slippery- the cause of many trips and falls!
Overlooking the goings on in the Square, is the figure of King Dom Pedro 1V, Portugals first liberal King.
This must be one of the prettiest of town halls! Decked with flowers , and its walls covered in the beautiful old blue and white azulejos depicting various saints, it occupies a prime position in the main square, Praça 5 de Outubro, just across from the Praia dos Pescadores or Fishermen’s Beach. It dates from the 18th century, so was built before the great earthquake of 1755, but was almost totally restored in 1821 as the sign above the main doorway testifies.
Most of the town’s administrative functions have now been transferred to a more modern building elsewhere in the town, but not all. It was good to see this lovely building still in use and well-cared for.
The cobble designs found covering the ground all around Lisbon extend to neighbouring towns too. A beautiful example of traditional "Calçada Portuguesa" can be seen on the Town Hall sqare in Cascais town centre.
This area also has fine examples of tile designs on walls of buildings (azulejos) & buildings of fabulous architectural interest.
Check out the beautiful town hall in Cascais. The hand painted tiles (azulejos) decorate the outside as well as the inside of the building.