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Dears TE friends,

This is one photo from my new city, in Lisbon

It is the Municipal Museum of Cascais, standing by the sea and lodged in a building with an extremely original architecture. The palace was donated to the local authorities in 1924, and since then has been devoted to art displays.

Its collections include items of great artistic and documental value, such as works of art portraying Cascais by Portuguese and foreign artists, Indo-Portuguese porcelain and an excellent archaeology section.

The prize exhibit in the library (with about 2 500 rare works) is a valuable illustrated book by Duarte Galvão, Chronicle of the king Dom Afonso Henriques, dating from 1505, with a coloured print depicting 16th-century Lisbon.

The garden shelters a curious mini-zoo of small animals, sponsored by Cascais Town Council.

In the Cascais Heart

This town was a small fishing port throughout early history as it lies protected from nature’s elements at the mouth of the Rio Tejo. It was occupied by the Spanish under the Duke of Alba in 1579. In 1807, the French invaders commanded by General Junot used the Palácio da Citadela as their suitable headquarters for his army.

During the first part of the 19th Century the port trade declined bringing poverty to the town. When in 1870 the King, Luís I, chose to convert the 17th Century building of the Citadela into his summer residence Cascais soon became a very fashionable town and aristocratic palaces and mansions followed. In 1926 the railway line from Lisbon to Cascais was the first to be electrified in Portugal and this also had a positive economic effect.

During the 2nd World War several Kings and Heads of European countries sought refuge in Cascais and nearby Estoril. With these people came other aristocrats, politicians, actors and writers - so many that the population increased by over 20,000 people between 1939 to 1946. Names of important exiles such as Duke of Windsor, King Umberto of Italy, Princess Joana of Italy, King Carol II of Romania, Prince Juan of Spain, Count Henri of France, part of the Hapsburg family, Regent Horthy of Hungary, all can be associated with the history of both this town and that of neighbouring Estoril.

I hope you like it !
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  • Copyright: Aires dos Santos (AiresSantos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6708 W: 209 N: 14053] (56155)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-07-27
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/6.7, 3 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-07-28 3:37
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