Friday, September 5, 2008

Forte de São Julião da Barra


Dating from 1553, this fortress is considered to be the greatest coastal defense building in Portugal.
During the french invasion, Napoleon troops occupied it on the year of 1807, but british allies have conquered it one year later and in 1809 the fortress was again on portuguese hands.
Nowadays it is the official residence of the Minister of Defense.

14 comments:

Zsolt72 said...

it looks very strong and massive! Somehow it reminds me of Malta

roentarre said...

Beautiful scenery and view here. Love the blue.

Olivier said...

il est joli ce fort au bord de l'eau.

it is nice this fort at the water's edge.

angela said...

Very impressive looking defences and they have a great view out to sea as well..

Hilda said...

Very impressive fortress! This is the first time I've seen a fortress right at the water's edge — I find it fascinating. But a fortress as a residence? LOL, I don't think I'd like that at all! Little natural sunlight! ;)

Steven (Cavite Daily Photo) said...

Very beautiful fort! And you did a spectacular job by capturing the splash of those waves! Just like Intramuros here in the Philippines built by the spaniards hundreds of years ago. it also faces the MAnila Bay.

Mabuhay from the philippines!

Steven^^

JM said...

Hilda, the photos show only a small part of the fortress... it is huge, there is even a big swimming pool out there! That's why our ministers allways look so suntanned! lol!

Thank you all for stopping by.

babooshka said...

Living on a small island I have to sign the petition. Thank you for this
link and these beatuiful images.

Per Stromsjo said...

So the conversation went something like this then:

- I need a proper, robust residence
- Yes, Minister!

;)

mirage2g said...

Do you join Skywatch every friday? Those are surely wonderful contributions!!! Wow! I love blue!

marie6 said...

zsolt72 is right, it does remind one of Malta. I will post some photos of forts in Malta next week so you can see. Great photos!!!

Jules said...

Wow what an amazing structure silhouetted against that stunning blue sky!!! Love the flag too - great Shots!!!

PJ said...

I was wondering what had happened to the fort and then you tell me the Minister of Defense lives there. That's more than ironic. What is the white building in the first photo?

JM said...

Per, sometimes politicians are so ridiculous they really make us remember the fantastic BBC comic series! :-)

Mirage2g, I think I've only done the skywatch thing once, because I don't remember it when it's friday... :-)

Marie6, I'm looking forward to see your Malta fortresses photos!

PJ, I'm sorry to tell you I have no idea what the small white house is... Living here all my life that is a shame, but I will try to get some information, cause I couldn't find anything so far...

Thank you so much all of you for your nice comments.