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Tavira: The Built Environment of Tavira (Tavira)
Friday 27 April 2018, 11:00am
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A presentation by Peter KIngdon Booker

Tavira is unusual in that the town has occupied three different sites in its long history. In his lecture, Peter will show why the town moved position and he will estimate when it came to its present location. Also important to the present shape of the town are the castle and the walls (most of them Muslim in origin) together with its military buildings. The former gardens have also had a formative influence on the shape of the town. The old bridge has the reputation of being Roman, but this idea is not correct; when was it built?

There is a very pleasant garden next to the river (Jardim do Coreto), but it has not always been there. What did it replace? How did the town assume its present shape? Tavira has the reputation of possessing thirty one churches. It has not so many, but still more than any other town in the Algarve. Why? How important has Tavira been in the history of Portugal? Peter has been interested in the history of his adopted townfor the nineteen years he has lived in the Algarve, and hebrings his Cambridge historical education to bear on thefascinating story of Tavira. This lecture is the first of two, and in the second lecture in May, Peter will examine the social and economic history of the town

Location Municipal Library Tavira
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