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Sagres is the most south-westerly village in mainland Europe and, as such, was on the edge of the known world right up to the late middle Ages. Henry the navigator is thought to have had his headquarters - his so-called "school of navigation" - in the vicinity of Sagres, though the exact location is not known.

Dating back to the 15th century, and successively rebuilt and repaired in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Adjoined by former batteries that defended the beaches of Tonel and Mareta.

Church of Nossa Senhora da Graça (Our Lady o f Grace): 
Tradition has it that this church was founded by Prince Henry the Navigator.
Built in the 16th century, with a Renaissance doorway. On the altar there is an interesting statue of São Vicente (St. Vincent) holding a ship (17th century).

Wind Rose: 
A vast circle with radiating points, 43 metres in diameter, marked out in stone on the ground, dating back to the 15th century.

Panoramic Circuit:
One of the charms of  Ponta de Sagres are the varied views of the coast provided by the paths cut along the cliffs,  from which the sea has gouged huge caverns and hollows.

Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St. Vincent):
Its status as a sacred place since Neolithic times is confirmed by the presence of important groups of menhirs and by an account written by classical writers in the 4th century B.C. describing religious ceremonies involving libations and stating that it was forbidden for humans to go there after dark, because at night it was inhabited by gods.

For the Romans the whole area was part of the Promontorium Sacrum (from which the name Sagres is derived), the most westerly point in the world, where the setting sun made the waters of the ocean boil. The transportation, after the Arab invasion, of the body of São Vicente (St. Vincent) to the cape that was named after him turned it into a place of pilgrimage for centuries. In 1173 the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, gave orders for the holy remains to be brought to Lisbon.
An obligatory landmark for any ship travelling to the Mediterranean, Cabo de São Vicente was the scene of many major sea battles!

Torre de Aspa:
Ruins of a watchtower on a hill overlooking the sea (elevation 156 metres), and affording a panoramic vista of the coast as far as Cabo de São Vicente and Sagres.

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