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Memories of Stone and Water [Lisboa] Virtual Cache

This cache has been archived.

MAntunes: End of journey for this one, too.

Thanks to all who logged this cache accepting its rules.


Hidden : 12/07/2003
3 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   virtual (virtual)

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Geocache Description:


"The public fountains in the city of Lisboa were not merely running water. They were, above all, places to pause and ponder. Close by one could see both old people warming themselves in the sun and children in the colourful spectacle of their play. In the water that flowed from each public fountain the history of a street, a quarter, a whole city was told."

The complete text I've prepared, can be read here.

The hunt:

With this cache, I wanted to heat your feet and your head. Have fun!

This cache was a regular one but, after 4 successful visits, it disappeared. I converted it to "virtual". Read the new instructions to find it.

New instructions:

To log this cache as a find, you'll have to visit all the spots, collect the information and make the calculations.

With the result, you'll get to the final spot and note the numbers in the 3 public lamps around the exact coordinates place (in a radius of less than 10 metres) The sum will be the password to open your certification document below in this page. The document, also, has some pages with information about the final location and that info was in the container, which disappeared.

Then, email me the first sentence of the last paragraph in the document (MS Word 97 compatible. If you can't open the doc. or haven't MS Word installed, email me the number, that you've just calculated.).

After that, you can log this cache as a find.


Go to...



Itinerary on Foot (Best choice!) Itinerary by Car (Poorest choice...)

Proposed parking places

Itineraries between Parking places

( if you have difficulties opening these links, due to a Firewall or your browser, ask me for the files and i'll send them by mail )
1. Chafariz de Dentro and note the year writen at right as A N38 42.678

W09 07.680

Proposed Start

Parking P1 N/A
2. Chafariz d'El Rey and note how many taps still exist as B N38 42.584

W09 07.766

P1P2Foot P1P2Car
3. Chafariz das Moiras and note how many stone benches are as C N38 42.672

W09 08.048

P2P3Foot P2P3Car Parking P2
4. Chafariz S. Paulo and note how many stone faces still exist as D N38 42.479

W09 08.687

P3P4Foot P3P4Car (No problem) Parkp2SP
5. Chafariz da Rua de "O Século" and note the nbr. of taps as E N38 42.793

W09 08.841

P4P5Foot P4P5Car Parking P3 ParkSP3
6. Chafariz do Carmo note the nbr. of taps that work by twisting the handle as F N38 42.713

W09 08.446

P5P6Foot P5P6Car
7. Chafariz da Mãe d'Água and note the door nr. in the building at right as G (the door is blocked with a ugly brick wall) N38 43.021

W09 08.818

P6P7Foot P6P7Car (No problem) Park3CP
8. Chafariz do Rato and note the total nr. of steps (both sides) as H N38 43.197

W09 09.245

P7P8Foot P7P8Car Parking P4 ParkCP4


Now, it's time to a little brainstorm!

(take the data to home/hotel ( or just sit in the stairs ofChafariz do Rato ) and make this calculations:

I = A/624, J = (B * 9) - 24 , K = (C * (F + 1)) – 11, L = D + 1 + (F + 1) - B, M = (E * 2) + B, N = (F + 1), O = G – (C * C), P = H – O


9. The cache place is at

N38.4I,JKL W09.0M,NOP

Total distance (one leg) +/- 5.700m +/- 7.400m (only the car) N/A +/- 4.700 (only the car)


  • This cache needs a lot of time to find (at least 4 hrs) - You may consider to visit some spots in one day/half day and the rest after, in another day/half day.
  • The several spots, necessary to collect the data to find the cache, can be visited in any order. However, I'm supplying some itineraries. 
  • In some places it is difficult to park if you decide to go by car. So, for;

    • P1 and P2, park near P2 at Largo do Terreiro do Trigo
    • P3, park near Rua da Alfandega at N 38 42.491 W 09 07.930
    • P5 and P6 consider parking in the underground parking in Praça Luís de Camões at N 38 42.627 W 09 08.611
    • P8 consider parking near the confluence of Largo do Rato and Rua Alexandre Herculano
  • Coordinates acquisiton conditions, can be found here.
  • You may have this .gtm File it has all coords. (well... almost all...) To open it, you'll need GPS Track Maker.
  • If you decide to go by car, please be aware of traffic.
  • Related cache: The Aqueduct

Don't forget: "Cache in, trash out" and Leave No Trace

Certification Document

(With the password made up by the final calculations, open this document and copy it to you PC if you wish. Allow some time for the file to be downloaded.)

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gur ahzoref ner ng nobhg 3 zrgref uvtu.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)