Photographer's Note

In my previous post of the Corroios spring flowers there is this building at the extreme right side of the picture.
This is a tide mill (moinho de maré), one of the many that once were located on the southern banks of the Tejo (Tagus) estuary. When the waters of high tide rise, they are trapped in a kind of lagoon (foreground of the photo). At low tide the water is released through the mill toward the estuary (background of the photo). The energy of the movement of ebb and flow is used to move the mill and thus making flour.
This Corroios Tide Mill, the oldest in this area, was built in 1403 by order of Dom Nuno Álvares Pereira. Unlike most of the others on the Tejo estuary, it is still preserved in working condition and presents actual grinding of grains, producing flour. It is part of Ecological Museum of the Municipality of Seixal. However, since a few years ago it is closed for restoration and landscaping of the area. There is already a new gate at the entrance of the dam (left side of the picture); I’m afraid they’ll put a ticket box there, while before the works the passage was free.
In the workshop #1 there is a view of the water gates, at low tide, on the estuary side (opposite side of this view of the building).
In the workshop #2 there is a zoomed shot of the tide mill, for a better view of the building.
In another workshop I made a fake stamp with this picture.

Moinho de Maré de Corroios, no concelho do Seixal, margem sul do Estuário do Tejo.

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