Forte de São Francisco Xavier / Castelo do Queijo

Built in 1662, in a place called “do Queijo”, to protect the city from the Spanish Fleet. Surrounded by a moat, it presents watch-boxes at the corners. Inside it is the governor’s residence at the time and a chapel. Nowadays it is the stage for many temporary exhibitions.


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Monuments near Forte de São Francisco Xavier / Castelo do Queijo

Alfândega Nova

The construction of the new Port customs building was designed in 1859, by the French engineer C.F.G. Colson. It has an area of 36000 m2 and comprises three ma…

Homem do Leme

The Homem do Leme, by Augusto Gomes, is a tribute to the boats’ pilots. It represents those brave men that, in the time of the sailing-crafts, had the responsi…

Monumento aos Pescadores

This is a huge red network, located at the roundabout opposite the Via of the Castelo do Queijo, erected in tribute to fishermen.

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