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On This Day - 26 October 1802 - Birth of King Miguel I of Portugal

booksOn 26 October 1802 a royal baby was born in the noble house of Braganza. His birth took place in Lisbon, Portugal.

The royal boy received the long name: Miguel Maria do Patrocinio de Bragança e Bourbon.

These walls tell stories...

Outline of the Original Facade of the Lagos Maritime Commitment ChurchMar d’Estórias is a project that bustles with ideas that are faithful to modernity, but very rooted in heritage. It is by knowing the past of our city that we also discover our history.

It is not surprising, then, that when we look at the classic book "Lagos, Evolução Urbana e Património* ” (Lagos, Urban Evolution and Heritage) we find ancestral aspects of the building that is today Mar d’Estórias.

As we open this book, published by the Lagos Town Hall, we come upon a sketch of the main façade when it was still the Church of the Maritime Commitment of Lagos.

In Vino St.Vincent

The city´s coat of armsOnce again St Vincent´s Day, the 22nd January, will inevitably and sadly pass us by almost unnoticed and, except in the Concelho de Vila do Bispo and the Sé in Lisbon, uncelebrated. There is however a way he could be better remembered in Portugal and that is through wine no less!

Mutiny on the Tagus as sailors seize control of ships

salazarportraitAlthough in retrospect Dr António de Oliveira Salazar´s period in power from 1928 until 1968 seems untroubled, his regime certainly experienced difficulties. 

In the 1930s alone, there were armed insurrections in April, 1931 (Funchal, Madeira),  August, 1931 (Lisbon) and January, 1934 (widespread, but famously in Marinha Grande).  There was an assassination attempt on Salazar himself in July, 1937, the year in which there were 3,100 political arrests.

Algarve Archaeological Association visit to the Dept of Archaeology at the University of the Algarve (Ualg) in Faro

Algarve Archaeological Association visit to the Dept of Archaeology at the University of the Algarve (Ualg) in FaroMembers of the Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) have recently enjoyed a day spent at the Department of Archaeology at the University of the Algarve (UAlg) in Faro. We were invited by NAP (Núcleo de Alunos de Arqueologia e Paleoecologia) to see the presentations made by students who had received grants from the AAA in 2016 to attend international conferences to present their work.

Saint Nicholas and the Stockings Tradition

Saint Nicholas and the Stockings TraditionWe are nearing the Christmas holiday season, and all the decorations are being put out for Saint Nick. Houses and malls alike are getting a covering of lights with highlights of green and red. Children will soon look to the sky, a-waiting the jingling of bells and the sound of hooves on the rooftop. But have you ever wondered who Saint Nicholas was and why we hang stockings out at Christmas?

First in Flight - Dec 17, 1903

First in Flight - Dec 17, 1903This Saturday marks the 113th anniversary of man’s first “heavier-than-air” flight in a powered craft. On Dec 17, 1903 at 10:35am, with Orville at the controls and Wilbur standing by, the Wright Brothers made history. Their glider, called “Flyer”, lifted off and flew 120 feet in 12 seconds across the sand dunes at Kitty Hawk on the coast of North Carolina.

Shipwreck discovered from Vasco da Gama's fleet

vdegamagoldcoinThe oldest shipwreck from Europe's Golden Age of Exploration has been found off the coast of Oman, the country's Ministry of Heritage and Culture will announce on Tuesday.

The wreck is believed to be that of the Esmeralda, which was part of a fleet led by legendary Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama during his second voyage to India (1502-1503).

The wreck was initially located in 1998 and excavated between 2013 and 2015 by a partnership between the Oman Ministry of Heritage and Culture and the shipwreck recovery company Bluewater Recoveries Ltd., which is directed by David Mearns. Support for the project was provided by the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council.