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The Cathedral of Faro is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Faro, Portugal. The cathedral was consecrated in the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the late 13th century by the Archbishop of Braga. It has been the seat of the Diocese of Faro since 1540, replacing Silves Cathedral on the orders of King John III of Portugal. In 1596 it was sacked by the Earl of Essex. The cathedral is a National Monument of Portugal


City of Lagos Walls the walls date back as far as the Roman period. They were rebuilt by the Arabs and considerably enlarged during the 16th century between the reigns of D. Manuel and Filipe I, because of the need to protect the growing city centre. The walls had huge strategic significance in the 15th and 16th centuries. They connect nine towers that were built for artillery and there are seven gates.

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Cerro de la Villa Museum the ruins with remnants of historic civilizations can be visited in the Museum Cerro da Vila, just a few steps from the Vilamoura Marina. Although the Vilamoura area has been occupied for thousands of years –as revealed by Bronze age graves discovered in the Casão vineyard – the Romans were the first to settle at Cerro da Vila , as from the 1st century A.D. Late Roman, Visigoth and Moorish colonies were also established here and each period has left unmistakable traces of distinct civilizations at the site.

Partimao's Museum

Partimao’s Museum the museum’s permanent exhibition traces the interaction of man with his environment in the Portimao area over a period of five millennia, with particular emphasis on the fishing industry and the sardine canning industry that was so vital to the Algarve’s economy in decades past. The museum, located along the river front, is actually housed in what was one of the main sardine canning factories in Portimão and contains many of the original machines used in the industry.



Portuguese Discoveries Wax Museum In the 15th century, due to its location on the southwestern-most point of the country, Lagos became the center of Portuguese maritime exploration. Ships sailed south to trace the shoreline of Africa in order to find routes to India. As well, ships loaded with spices and goods from the “new worlds” flowed back into Lagos. Over the centuries, the port city has always remained an important maritime gateway from Portugal to the world.