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    Marina

    by solopes Written Dec 28, 2013
    Marina - Oeiras

    Something new, to me, this complex gave a new appearance to the beach, but brought life, and a new kind of dwellers, becoming a good solution for a family's lunch or stroll. There are a few restaurants.

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    Torre beach

    by solopes Written Dec 28, 2013
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    This is my favorite beach in Estoril coast. When I was a student it was always the first option - safe, calm, secluded, accessible, not too crowded.
    After many years I was there again, and though the harbour has changed its look, it still keeps being a lovely beach.

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    Padrão dos descobrimentos.

    by Epiphany9 Written Oct 23, 2004
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    Padrão dos Descobrimentos

    This monument was built in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator (1394-1460), one of the great personalities of the Portuguese Discoveries. Inside the building there is a conference room (auditorium), exhibition rooms and a magnificent view to the mouth of the river Tagus.

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    Torre(Tower)de(of)Belém

    by Epiphany9 Updated Oct 23, 2004
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    About 500 years ago Lisboa was a point of departure and arrival of caravelas. They went to sea, as the poet wrote, to “give new worlds to the world.” It was with the wealth that came from the New Worlds into Portugal that made it possible to build the great monuments that sang the glories of the epoch of Portuguese discoveries.
    It was up to D. Manuel, successor to D. João II, to order the construction of the Torre de Belém, to honor the patron of the city of Lisboa, S. Vicente.
    Francisco de Arruda was named Mestre do Baluarte de Belém and, after he returned from North Africa, where he had built various forts, he got to work, in 1514.
    Six years later, the Torre de Belém was complete, with the unique architectural form it has, with the Islamic and oriental influences and decorative elements, with the segmented cupulas that cover the towers one of the most particular examples.
    As a symbol of the prestige of the King, its decoration highlighted the Manueline symbology with the decoration that surrounded the building, adding elegant knots, military spheres, crosses from the Ordem Militar de Cristo and naturalistic elements.
    Special standouts include the image of a rhinoceros, the first in stone in all of Europe, supporting the base of the guard tower facing west, clear proof of Portugal’s pioneering attitude toward other countries and other lands.
    In the structure of the Torre, we can distinguish two parts: the tower itself, in the medieval tradition, but slender and with four vaulted rooms, and the bulwark, in modern style. And this is where you enter, when you go through the main door.
    Served as a prison, with its storage rooms transformed into cells, starting in 1580, with the occupation of the Philippines.
    Today the impressive Torre de Belém is a mark of the Portuguese adventure, recognized by UNESCO, in 1983, as Cultural Patrimony for All Humanity.

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    Marquês do Pombal Palace

    by Epiphany9 Written Oct 23, 2004

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    The former residence of Sebastião José de Carvalho and Mello is a typical 18th-century manor house, created by the Hungarian architect Carlos Mardel. Inside, the paintings and decorated stucco ceilings are worth admiring. Nowadays, the palace contains few original pieces; however, the Town Council and the actual descendants of the marquis are considering an agreement to restore some of the atmosphere of the time. br>
    The surrounding space exhibits statues, waterfalls, farms and the gardens, reflecting the style of life of the well-to-do families of the age. Estates with both leisure spaces and agricultural lands were common in the 18th century. The marquis of Pombal estate followed this principle, with a rigorous geometry to divide recreation spaces, great gardens and rural properties. It was at the gardens surrounding the palace that cultural events were held: theater, ballet, music, etc.
    Marquis of Pombal Palace
    The property results from joining three estates. At the Quinta de Baixo (Low Farm), you can visit the palace, the gardens, the wine-cellar and some farming lands. The Quinta de Cima includes the fishing house, the grande Taveira cascade, orchards and instalations for the production of wood and silk-worms. Finally, at Quinta do Marco, there is the Casa da Serra (Hill House), surrounded by lands with olive trees, vineyards and orchards.
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    Belonging to the estate and right next to the entrance to the palace, the Manor Chapel stands. Also planned by the architect Carlos Mardel, it was concluded in 1762 and consecrated to Our Lady of the Graces. Stucco decorations by the by the Italian João Grossi, three altars with paintings by André Gonçalves and a representation of the life of the Virgin are worth admiring.
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  • people watching

    by arasnosliw Written Oct 13, 2004

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    fbasdfqwer??

    Yeah there's lots of perverted guys that sit on the beach checking out young ladies like this one....

    and ladies like me who take pictures of such innocent girls...of course not because i'm enjoying such the sight, but because i'm a generous person :-)

    My gift of contribution to VT for all you guys: photos of girls clad in skimpy bikinis.

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  • São Julião da Barra Forte

    by arasnosliw Written Oct 13, 2004

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    The fort of São Julião da Barra is located on the beach in Oeiras. It is a 16th century fort built during the rule of King John III (Dom João III).

    The fort dominates the beach, and on the western side of the fort lies another beach of Carcavelhos which tends to be more popular.

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    Fort of Sao Juliao da Barra

    by ymike2000 Updated Jun 7, 2004

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    Wow, look at those waves!

    "The Fort of St. Julian's Strand"

    Well, I couldn't learn much about the fort while I was there. I walked all the way to the gate and discovered it's a military complex and I was not welcome.

    When I got home I did some research. The fort was originally built in the 16th century, during the reign of Joao III. It guarded the mouth of the Tagus, protecting Lisbon to the west. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was a political prison. Today it is still an official government military building.

    Apparently the beach just to the east is famous among surfers for it's big waves. And for those who are intrigued by shipwrecks, the waters surrounding the fort are a goldmine.

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  • miniature lighthouse

    by arasnosliw Written Oct 13, 2004

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    miniature lighthouse

    Another aspect of this beach that I enjoy is this mini-lighthouse out in the middle of the ocean. I'm not sure if it actually functions, but it's a unique landmark

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  • sun bathing

    by arasnosliw Written Oct 13, 2004

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    lie under a little beach umbrella to shade yourself from the strong rays, or go join the hordes of sunbathers clad in skimpy bikinis and speedos for some melanoma action.

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