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Fortaleza de Sagres (Sagres Fortress)

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Fortaleza de Sagres (Sagres Fortress)

Vila do Bispo

Located on the Cape of Sagres, this fortress, famous for its unparalleled beauty, owes its origins to Prince Henry the Navigator who created a town and died here in 1460.

There is little left of the walls that D. Henrique ordered to be built, as the fortress was rebuilt in the 16th century and during the second half of the 18th century, at which time it was altered to the “Vauban” defensive system.

The entrance to this bastioned fortress is a good example of neoclassical architecture. On the inside can be seen cannons, a 16th century tower and also the church Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça (Our Lady of Grace), built in the 16th century on the exact spot where previously the church Igreja de Santa Maria had stood, which was founded by Prince Henry but was destroyed by the English privateer Francis Drake in 1587.

One of the most important attractions of Sagres Fortress is without doubt the “rosa-dos-ventos” (the wind rose), a sundial which many think dates from the time of Prince Henry.

A place of great historical and symbolic value, this monument offers visitors an opportunity to revisit the glorious period of the maritime Discoveries and to enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

Contacts

  • Vila do Bispo

  • Sagres

  • 289 896 070 (Algarve Regional Culture Directorate) and 282 620 142 (Sagres Fortress)

Characteristics

  • Cultural Heritage

  • Castles and Fortresses

  • Paid

  • Open to the public

  • Classified as a National Monument

  • October to April, from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm; November to March, from 9 am to 5.30 pm; May, June and September, from 9.30 am to 8 pm; July and August, from 9.30 am to 8.30 pm. Closed on 1st May and 25th December

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