Photographer's Note

I pretended photographing this place since I saw this post of ribeiroantonio in my early days of TE. I also didn't know the strange name of the place until then; that's TE, we can learn through it about parts of the world that are really close to you as much as you can learn about far away lands.

Please don't be too hard on me for shooting at noon. As usual, I didn't do any plans to photograph this, it just happened that I remember to take the camera with me when I went to Sintra at work and decided taking a longer way back passing through Cascais and then taking the scenic marginal road that goes along the coast, enjoying the nice sunny day, quite sad for having to go to work again. When I approached the fort I said to myself that finally I had the opportunity to shoot it.

The shots I did that day were forgotten in my hard disk until António posted another photo of the fort. Maybe I should be ashame for being what we Portuguese call a macaco de imitação (literally 'imitation monkey'), but António gave me another good pretext to post this, so you can see that the place also serves to much cleaner purposes than the one shown in Antonio's post.

I attached two alternative views as WS's to the earliest post of Antonio of this place (#1, #2).

Since I used his subject, I guess I can also use the part of António's note on the fort:

The Fortress of Our Lady of Porto Salvo, also known as Giribita Fortress is located on a small rocky headland along the Marginal Avenue, between Paço d’Arcos and Caxias.

The fortress was built on orders of king D. João IV of Portugal in 1649 to reinforce the defence of the Tagus River entrance. It is a maritime fortress, in “maneirista” style, with an irregular pentagonal shape.

The plastered walls show squared masonry at its corners and have two circular sentry towers roofed by domes. The fortress’ entrance, called the “Monumental Gate”, is framed by squared masonry and presents on its top the Royal Coat of Arms and the date of construction, 1649.

Location (latitude, longitude): 38.6974,-9.2827

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