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Following the mood of my previous post, i now have the pleasure to introduce you the top of MY World ;)) and i´m not saying this only with a geological or topographic meaning...

This you see here is the Portuguese highest point, the «Torre» plateaus in Estrela mountain (continental, cause Pico mountain in Açores island is a bit higher) be more exact, those «ball-shaped» roof buildings you see in the image are the portuguese highest point ;))

Those buildings are located at «Torre» (means Tower, in english) and have a peculiar arquitecture...they were used as radars in the past, militar buildings cause this is a strategic place cause of its altitude (2000m) and its location, right in Portugal heart.

Actually this point reaches «naturally» 1993m to be exact but in 1816-1826 the portuguese king D. João V ordered the rise of a 7m tower so that the mountain could reach 2000m!! ;))

This plateaus you see here has this «almost horizontal» shape cause it was eroded by the glaciation that occured about 20.000 years ago...originally rised by tectonic mouvements that made also the Alpes and Pirynees mountains in Europe, this mountain was shaped by glaciar activity and it is the only place in Portugal where you can find some traces of this activity (U shaped valleys, glaciar circus, traces in rocks...) since the South-west location of the country alowed us not to be so afected by glaciation.

So, as you can see, lots of features to explore around here...and the best way of doing it its to leave the car at home and go through the manny passages pedestrians and let you be seduced by the hidden secrets of this magical place...

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Additional Photos by Marco Neves (Eagle78) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 23 N: 382] (1933)
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