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Lisbon
Jerónimos Monastery
 
Silves
Silves Castle
 
The Azores
Ponta Delgada
Church of St Sebastian

 

 
 
 
           Portugal
 
Lisbon
 
Jerónimos Monastery 
 
The Jerónimos Monastery is one of the main tourist attractions of Lisbon; its history dating back to 1495 when Manuel I (1469–1521) ordered its construction as a final resting place for him and his descendants. A church - dedicated to Santa Maria de Belém - already existed on the site and this housed the monks of the military-religious Order of Christ who provided assistance to seafarers.  READ MORE
 
 

 
 
Silves
 
Silves Castle
 
Located in one of the oldest towns in the Algarve, the Castle at Silves dominates the city from the top of the hill. Dating from the times of the Moors, the castle was constructed between the 8th and 13th centuries.  However, the remains of foundations and a couple of cisterns confirm that the Romans, who conquered Silves, around 201 B.C. - and transformed it into a citadel and a commercial centre - were also here.  Artefacts found at the site also confirm that the Visigoths were also inhabitants.   READ MORE

 

 
 
The Azores
 
Ponta Delgada 
 
Church of St Sebastian

 
St_Sebastian_Church
Located near the town gate just off the sea front, the Parish Church of Saint Sebastian dates from 1533 when construction was started on the former site of a chapel dedicated to the same saint. 
 
Saint Sebastian was martyred during the Roman Emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians in 288.  Legend says that he was tied to a stake and shot by numerous arrows, yet he survived to heal and reproach Diocletian, who then had him clubbed to death.  Saint Sebastian was to become the principal patron saint of Ponta Delgada.  READ MORE 




 
 

 

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