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The municipality of Loures has several points of interest, from rural constructions, such as quintas, mills and wine cellars, to other monuments of significance for Portuguese history and culture. The famous and valued light and aromatic white wine of Bucelas is made in this municipality, and a wine and harvest festival is held in the second weekend of October.
A natural highlight in the north of the municipality is the Parque Municipal do Cabeço de Montachique, with 32 hectares of woodland, fauna and flora, and in the east is the Parque do Tejo, a zone of calm waters that is a privileged place to watch various species of birds, particularly the exuberant flamingos.Religious monuments include the Igreja Matriz de Loures, a 16th century church, and the Palácio dos Arcebispos which was reconstructed in the 18th century and has interesting figures on its stairs.
The Castelo de Pirescoxe, dating from the 15th century, still has embattled medieval towers, now rebuilt with an auditorium and exhibition rooms.
You can also visit the Museu Municipal de Loures, inaugurated in 1998, with temporary and permanent exhibitions (agricultural implements, rural furniture) and the Museu de Cerâmica, inaugurated in 2000, where you can visit exhibitions of pottery manufactured in the Sacavém pottery factory and also kiln 18.
This little museum in Loures, just outside the gates of Lisbon, guards the memories, habits and tools of the region’s rural and rustic way of life. In an eclectic collection mixing ethnography, archaeology and art, the museum shows what life used to be like in this part of Lisbon in the 19th century. The building and grounds belonged to an order of monks until 1834, when all religious orders were abolished in Portugal. It was bought by Costa Cabral, a minister to Queen Maria II, who preserved the original religious and farming aspect. Visit the chapel of the Invocação do Espírito Santo with its unique canvas by Bento da Silveira entitled “Pentecostes”. Also take the chance to discover the richly decorative azulejo tiles in the cloisters and vegetable garden. An alternative attraction very close to Lisbon.
This museum, which is housed in a building closely linked to local winegrowing traditions, offers two very different display areas. The permanent exhibition offers visitors a tour of the main stages in cultivating the vine and in traditional wine production. The temporary exhibitions held on the mezzanine floor focus on the wine itself.
Tomás de Almeida ordered the building of this summer residence for the patriarchs in 1730. The complex, which is arranged around a square, comprises a palace, a church, gardens and a palace-fountain. It also includes an aqueduct that supplies the Baroque fountain. The Italian architect António Canevari was put in charge of the project. He was certainly responsible for the fountain built into the front of the palace-fountain, where the royal family would reside.
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This building has the façade of the former Macau Pavilion (Expo'98) and also houses the Vieira da Silva Municipal Gallery.
With an impressive church and pleasant centre, come and discover the historic side of Loures, a place seldom associated with religious buildings.
Skip the usual tourist routes and come and discover another castle close to Lisbon. In an area little visited by tourists, this castle is a special find.
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This little museum in Loures, just outside the gates of Lisbon, guards the memories, habits and tools of the region’s rural and rustic way of life.
The Sacavém ceramics factory was created in 1850 and became one of the most well-known producers of fine faience in Portugal and Europe.