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Algarve History Association: Upcoming walks and talks for April 2018

AHASee details of the Algarve History Association walks and talks in April. Please note that the guided walks are proving very popular, so please do confirm your attendance beforehand.

Guided Walks on Wednesdays at 11 am meet at the Roman Bridge, Tavira €2.50
Wednesday 4: Walled Town (NB at 12:00 midday)
Wednesday 11: Medieval Town
Wednesday 18: Northern Suburbs

Peter has devised three areas for Historical Walks in Tavira. The first covers the walled town on the hill, and includes the Roman Bridge, the Câmara building the castle and the walls. He discusses the churches and religious buildings within the walls and finishes the tour at the riverside. In Walk no 2, Peter tells of the demolitions which permit the Praça da República to appear as it does today, and then talks of the gardens in the centre of the town, before looking at The Schooner, Carothe chapels and churches on the southern edge of Tavira, and moving back towards the centre, past the old jail. Walk no 3 is on the other side of the river, and shows the flood markers, the governor´s residence and the churches of the northern suburb, passing the chapel devoted to those suffering from leprosy, of course on the boundary of the old town, and finishing with one of the losers in the Civil War.

Sailing Around the World: Part One - Outward Bound
On Monday 9 April at 6 pm in the Municipal Library Tavira and on Tuesday 10 April at 6 pm in the Municipal Library Lagoa, Anthony Collis will take us on Part 1 of his and Jan´s epic voyage of sailing round the world. They set sail in their 50 foot schooner Caro from Bembridge, Isle of Wight, in 1998 and returned in 2002. They visited 52 countries en route. This talk will cover the highs and lows of the voyage to Australia via the Caribbean Sea, the Panama Canal and 8000 miles of the Pacific Ocean. In the second part of his talk, Anthony will relate the return journey on Monday 7 May 6 pm (Municipal Library Tavira) and Tuesday 8 May at 6 pm (Municipal Library Lagoa).

Chapel of Nossa Senhora do LivramentoTalk on Built Environment of Tavira, Peter Kingdon Booker
On Tuesday 24 April at 18h00 in the Municipal Library Lagoa and on Friday 27 at 11h00in the Municipal Library Tavira.

Tavira is unusual in that the town has occupied three different sites in its long history. In his lecture, Peter will show why the town moved position and he will estimate when it came to its present location. Also important to the present shape of the town are the castle and the walls (most of them Muslim in origin) together with its military buildings. The former gardens have also had a formative influence on the shape of the town. The old bridge has the reputation of being Roman, but this idea is not correct; when was it built?
There is a very pleasant garden next to the river (Jardim do Coreto), but it has not always been there. What did it replace? How did the town assume its present shape? Tavira has the reputation of possessing thirty one churches. It has not so many, but still more than any other town in the Algarve. Why? How important has Tavira been in the history of Portugal? Peter has been interested in the history of his adopted town for the nineteen years he has lived in the Algarve, and he brings his Cambridge historical education to bear on the fascinating story of Tavira. This lecture is the first of two, and in the second lecture in May, Peter will examine the social and economic history of the town.

There is no fee for AHA talks although we welcome voluntary monetary contributions.

For more information or to xonfirm your attendance please contact: lynne.algarvehistory@gmail.com