Forte De Nossa Senhora Das Neves, Leca da Palmeira

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The Fort of Leça da Palmeira, or alternately the Castle of Matosinhos is a 17th-century fort located in civil parish of Leça da Palmeira, municipality of Matosinhos in the Greater Porto region of Portugal.HistoryThe fort was begun in 1638 in the area known as Santa Catarina by João Sá e Meneses, then Count of Penaguião, which they initially designated as the Forte de Nossa Senhora das Neves da Barra de Leça . The objective of this fortification was to reinforce the sandbar of the mouth of the Douro, in conjunction with the Fort of São Francisco Xavier do Queijo, and the Fort of São João da Foz.With the beginning of the Portuguese Restoration War in 1640, the conclusion of the project took on a greater importance. But, by 1642, the fort was not yet completed, such that officials of the municipal council of Porto petitioned King John IV to force the quick conclusion of the public works. The construction only continued in 1646, and two years later the first garrison of six soldiers was instituted by royal order. But, the establishment of the garrison did not mean the construction was concluded. In 1655, a new petition was sent to the King, yet the construction would drag onto the next century.In 1701, the fort, still uncompleted, was home for a larger group of soldiers, artillery emplacements and four cannons. It was only in 1720 that the fort was finally completed.
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  • A beautiful fort located in the historic area of ​​Leca da Palmeira. The construction of this fort began in 1638, aiming at the defense of that port against threats from pirates and corsairs. The... 
    A beautiful fort located in the historic area of ​​Leca da Palmeira. The construction of this fort began in 1638, aiming at the defense of that port against threats from pirates and corsairs. The...  more »
  • If you are in the area it is worth a walk by as a part of local history, but you cannot normally visit inside so not worth a special trip. Not as well known as Castelo de Queijo nearer Porto but... 
    If you are in the area it is worth a walk by as a part of local history, but you cannot normally visit inside so not worth a special trip. Not as well known as Castelo de Queijo nearer Porto but...  more »
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  • Local food with amazing quality!
  • Out of the ordinary. Nota part of Tourist flows. And therefore extra Special in the midst of a lively part of the town. Close to the sea And airport

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