String fortress, remodelled in the second half of the 18th century, and including a 15th century tower. The entrance boasts an impressive neoclassical Porta da Praça gate. The perimeter, fortified with gun batteries and cannons, extends the length of the Sagres cape. The fortress also features former supply warehouses, munitions store, barracks, captain houses and the shelters of the so-called "correnteza", which encloses the square to the south. The unique scenery and the historically documented presence of Prince Henry the navigator have bestowed Sagres with an unparalleled status in Portuguese legend and have brought worldwide renown. The history of Sagres is closely associated with the history of Promontorium Sacrum, a region documented since ancient times.
Cape S. Vicente
The magic of this remote corner of the world comes from the ever present expanse of ocean beneath and the unique reddish hue of the horizon as the sun sets over its deep waters.
Considered sacred since 4BC, this is a region that was inhabited successively by peoples who worshipped deities of the sun. Following the burial of Saint Vincent on this cape, it became a pilgrimage site for Christians. There are records of convent constructions near the hermitage since the 15th century while a lighthouse, built in the 16th century, marks the cape's importance for the sea routes to the Mediterranean, Africa and later for the Americas. The structures date primarily from the 18th century and were considerably restructured in 1846 for the lighthouse.
Vila do Bispo Church
Typical 17th century façade. The central nave, dated 1726, is covered in blue and white tiles with the theme of dolphins and jars. On the 18th century gold painted panels of the main altar stands the image of Our Lady (early 16th century) the patron saint of the Church. The two lateral altars with wood carved panels feature 18th century images and panels representing St Peter and St Paul. The Museum also features interesting religious artworks, including two 16th century Our Ladies and two guardians.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Hermitage
The small Our Lady of Guadalupe Hermitage probably dates back to the 13th century and has Templar origins. Gothic elements combine with a structure that has many features from Roman architecture. The main façade features a typical early Gothic modest and rural design, with an ogival portal without capital archivolts superimposed by a simple rosette. The interior of the aisle is unique. The most interesting part of this monument is the main chapel which is covered by an arched roof. The varied decor of the capitals is typical of a Gothic style which was very popular during the 13th century.