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Forte do Pessegueiro

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Hidden : 5/8/2005
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Geocache Description:

P: Um forte, uma ilha, uma costa de sonho.

E: A fort, an island, a dream shoreline.


A cache

A cache é um tupperware rectangular com cerca de 20x10cm e tem como conteúdos iniciais:

- Stashnote
- Logbook e caneta
- porta-chaves holograma
- Apito imitador de pássaros
- lanterna

O local

A construção foi inicada pelo arquitecto Filipe Terzi em 1588 sob ordens do cardeal Alberto, vice-rei sob Filipe II (I de Portugal). O plano inicial compreendia dois fortes, um no continente e outro na ilha do pessegueiro (ou penedo do cavalo como era conhecida na altura) e um paredão artificial que permitiria o canal ser usado como porto artificial.

Em 1590 as construções passam a ser dirigidas por Alexandre Massay e continuam assim até 1598 quando este tem de passar a construir um forte para defesa da barra do rio Mira, em Vila Nova de Milfontes. As construções continuam intermitentemente até 1690, data em que o forte principal fica concluído. No entanto o forte da ilha e o paredão nunca são concluídos.

A Ilha do Pessegueiro foi ocupada desde o século III a.C. pelos cartagineses. No século I a.C. os romanos ocuparam-na construindo um porto do qual existem ainda vestígios. Progressivamente a sua importância como centro portuário foi decaindo passando a ser utilizada como centro para salga de peixe. Para visitar estes vestígios e as ruínas do forte inacabado vejam este link. (Obrigado caixeiros).

Em 1755 o terramoto danifica partes do forte. Entre 1877 e 1942 a Guarda Fiscal usou o mesmo como base.

Podem ainda ser vistos, a Sul do forte os vestígios da construção do paredão artificial nos grandes cortes efectuados na pedra.


The cache

The cache is a rectangular tupperware of about 20x10cm in size and had initially:

- Stashnote
- Logbook and pen
- hologram key-holder
- bird whistle
- flashlight

The Location

The construction was initiated by the arquitect Filipe Terzi in 1588 under orders of cardinal Alberto, vice-roy under Filipe II (I of Portugal). The initial plans included 2 forts, one in the mainland and another on pessegueiro island (or horse rock as it was known at the time) and an artificial dam which would allow the canal to be used as an artificial harbour.

In 1590 the work was directed by Alexandre Massay and continued so until 1598 when he had to go supervize a fort for the defense of the Mira river's mouth in Vila Nova de Milfontes. The work continues intermitently until 1690, when the main fort is finished but the island fort and the sea wall are never finished.

The Pessegueiro island was ocuppied since the III century b.C. by the carthagians. In the I century b.C. the romans ocuppied it and built an harbour of which can still be seen remains today. Progressively its importance as an harbour center declined and it's main asset was the salting of fish. To visit these ancient ruins and the old unfinished fort visit this link. (Thank you caixeiros).

In 1755 the earthquake damages parts of the fort. Between 1877 and 1942 the Fiscal Guard used it as a post.

There can still be found, south of the fort, the vestiges of the construction of the man-made wall in the big cust performed on the rock.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

C: Qronvkb qr hzn ynwr
R: Haqre n syng ebpx

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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