The Old Town in Faro
Crossing the Arco da Vila, on top of the Garden Manuel Bivar (Jardim Manuel Bivar), is like entering
another world, traveling through centuries of history to find the Arab city that still retains much of its medieval architecture.
In Old Town going through the cobbled streets and squares, we have the feeling of walking through the medieval Arab world. However, when we come to Praça Afonso III, there is a statue of the king, still vigilant, undeniable testimony of the Reconquest of the city by the Christians.
Through the streets narrow and full of nooks in the walls, connected by arches, is the way to absorb the quiet charm of the Old Arab Town. Here lie some of the most important and ancient monuments of the city's hallmarks of a subsequent history of peoples and cultures.
Among the points to be visited include the walls, built by the Arabs in the ninth
century, the Cathedral, the medieval castle, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Ó, raised on the walls and rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Repouso, built in the eighteenth century and located inside of one of the Arabs arches.
In the same area, there is the Archaeological Museum, housed in the former convent of Our Lady of the Assumption (Nossa Senhora da Assunção), dating from the sixteenth century, two municipal art
galleries (do Trem and do Arco) used for exhibitions of contemporary Portuguese art and installed in old military buildings and yet, beneath the walls, we find the buildings of the Civil Government and City Hall, built in the early nineteenth century and still retain their original architecture.
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