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Cabo de São Vicente

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Added on 30 Oct 2012,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 24 May 2013

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EuroVelo: Atlantic Coast Route - Part France to Portugal

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Cabo St. Vincente - Labenne

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Atlantic cost route - part of Spain and Portugal

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Type of sights

Well worth seeing landscape

 

Name and address

Cabo de São Vicente

PT-8650 Cabo de São Vicente

Geodetic coordinates

37.023035 -8.996478

Communication

Cabo de São Vicente
Cabo de São Vicente
Lighthouse Sagres, Algarve
Lighthouse Sagres, Algarve

Cape St. Vincent (Portuguese: Cabo de São Vicente, Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkabu dɨ sɐ̃w̃ viˈsẽtɨ]), next to the Sagres Point, on the so-called Costa Vicentina (Vincentine Coast), is a headland in the municipality of Sagres, in the Algarve, southern Portugal.

Cape St. Vincent was already sacred ground in Neolithic times, as standing menhirs in the neighborhood attest. The ancient Greeks called it Ophiussa (Land of Serpents), inhabited by the Oestriminis and dedicated here a temple to Heracles. The Romans called it Promontorium Sacrum (or Holy Promontory). They considered it a magical place where the sunset was much larger than anywhere else. They believed the sun sank here hissing into the ocean, marking the edge of their world.

The present lighthouse was built over the ruins of a 16th century Franciscan convent in 1846. The statues of St. Vincent and St. Francis Xavier had been moved to the nearby church of Nossa Senhora da Graça on Point Sagres.

This lighthouse, guarding one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, is among the most powerful in Europe (the most powerful being on the French island of Ushant, off the coast of Brittany); its two 1,000 W lamps can be seen as far as 60 kilometers away.

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Wikipedia contributors, 'Cape St. Vincent', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 5 June 2012, 19:29 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cape_St._Vincent&oldid=496159847 [accessed 29 October 2012]

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Nearby cycle routes and tours

Route nameTypeDist. to route

EuroVelo: Atlantic Coast Route - Part France to Portugal

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0,1 km

Cabo St. Vincente - Labenne

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Atlantic cost route - part of Spain and Portugal

Tour

0,1 km

Added on 30 Oct 2012,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 24 May 2013