Sunday, February 7, 2010

Forno da Cal

A lime kiln (forno da cal) is used to produce quicklime by the calcination of limestone (calcium carbonate). There were five of these, dating back to the 16th century, at the historical centre of Paço de Arcos; they have worked for two centuries mainly for the construction of all forts and fortresses on this coast.

14 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

That is amazing. Look how well built it is. MB

Sharon said...

How interesting. Where I grew up in Illinois, there were lime caves. I had forgotten all about those.

Jacob said...

Very interesting! Do you know if this kiln was privately-owned or government-owned. I would imagine the latter in order to keep control of things.

VP said...

Interesting story and it's good that this one has been preserved.
I like your new banner!

Gunn White said...

Interesting, and I like your photos and the composition and details.

joo said...

Interesting indeed, and I like photos (as usually):)

Cezar and Léia said...

OBrigada por esse informativo post, eu não conhecia nada sobre isso, é muito interessante e suas fotos estão lindas!
Tenha uma linda semana querido amigo!
Léia

Anya said...

Wonderful story
your shots are perfect
the first is soooo bleu ;)

Virginia said...

You always show us such great and interesting things from your little corner of the world JM!

And your header is terrific!!
V

Joan Elizabeth said...

As always the history of your area is fascinating ... I'm getting together some stuff on local industrial history too for SW probably next month.

B SQUARED said...

Looks like they could be converted into wine cellars without much trouble.

CathM said...

Gorgeous & old...

Kilauea Poetry said...

Wow..I find this bit of information intriguing and important! Perfect foundation JM-

Dean Grey said...

JM!

I LOVE those skinny stones that make up the huge arch over the entranceway!

Impressive!

-Dean