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Fortaleza de Armação de Pera - Armação de Pera, Portugal
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
N 37° 06.058 W 008° 21.549
29S E 556945 N 4106265
Quick Description: This fort stands in a location with a long military tradition, by the sea, in Armação de Pera
Location: Portugal
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 7:17:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMF9YW
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member briansnat
Views: 3

Long Description:
This fort is also known as Forte de Santo António da Pedra da Galé and it was built on a spot previously used by a fortification from the Roman times (either by the Romans or by a local enemy tribe).

The modern fort was built in 1571, as a measure to defend the area against the incursions of pirates sailing from North Africa.

It was actually this fort which originated the modern city of Armação de Pera, as people started to build around the original military bastion, seeking for safety.

Around 1720 the chapel of Santo António, still in perfect conditions, was built inside the fort patio. Santo António is the protector saint of the fort.

As with so many old structures, the fort was severely damaged by the earthquake of 1755, but it was rebuilt some years later.

Nowadays there isn't much of it remaining. The entrance arch, the space and a terrace with views over the ocean, besides the mentioned chapel.

It was classified and National Heritage in 1978.
The year the "Fort" was constructed or started.: 1571

Name of "Country" or "Nation" that constructed this "Fort": Portugal

Was this "Fort" involved in any armed conflicts?: I don't know

What was the primary purpose of this "Historic Fort"?: Used for defence of a border or land claim.

Current condition: Just some traces of it.

This site is administered by ----: The city of Silves

If admission is charged -: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Open to the public?: Open or unrestricted access.

Link to web-site that best describes this "Historic Fort": [Web Link]

Link if this "Fort" is registered on your Countries/ State "Registry of Historical Sites or Buildi: [Web Link]

Official or advertised web-page: Not listed

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