Near Torres Vedras I've seen dozens of windmills. The region has numerous small hills and it seems all these small hills have a windmill on top.The particular windmill on the picture is located 1Km from Torres Vedras near the entrance to the A8 highway and its not difficult to find it.more
This fortress located on top of the highest hill near Torres Vedras was an important fortification, along with the medieval Castle, for the so called Lines of Torres Vedras.Its location was priviliged because it could defend the main road from Coimbra to Lisbon.During those war times the fortress had 2200 soldiers, 39 artillery cannons and a...more
This obelisk with 20 meters height is the contribution of the city of Torres Vedras for the campaigns of the portuguese and british armies during the Peninsular Wars that occured from 1808 to 1814, and were decisive for the broke down of the french domination of continental Europemore
Graça Monastery houses the Municipal Museum Leonel Trindade which consists of two rooms.One of the rooms is dedicated to the Lines of Torres Vedras. These Lines were constructed to defend Lisbon from the French Army, and formed an extensive covering zone, protected by two strong lines of advanced defence to make the capital unreachable, except by...more
Vimeiro Porto Novo, Torres Vedras, 2560-100, pt
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Praca 25 de Abril, 17, GPS. 339º5'27.47 north 9º15'33.16 west, Torres Vedras, 2560-285, Portugal
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Praia Azul, Silveira, Torres Vedras, 2560, Portugal
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Despite the widespread evidence of human settlement stretching back almost to the beginning of times, the history of Torres Vedras really began when King D. Afonso Henriques drove out the moors during the 12th century. His mark was left in the various relics and treasures found in the area.
The city was also the stage of many historical scenes. D. João I met with his council here in 1413 to plan the expedition to Ceuta (the start of the Portuguese maritime expansion). But bigger events were yet to come. It was near here that Napoleon's army was defeated in the battles of Roliça and Vimeiro, mostly because of the strategic lines of defence, known as the Lines of Torres Vedras
Fondest memory: The Museum's room dedicated to the Lines of Torres Vedras is absolutely fantastic.