The City Walls, Faro, Algarve, Portugal.
The walls that surrounded the town in Moorish and medieval times; the vestiges of the past still to be seen in churches and museums; the refreshing green of a garden beside the Ria and the sea; the outline of noble residences that bear witness to Faro’s splendour in centuries past; narrow streets of whitewashed houses that recall the town’s Moorish heritage
Faro’s old town consists of three distinct areas – Vila-Adentro, Mouraria and Bairro Ribeirinho – each of which marks a separate stage in the city’s development from the Christian reconquest to the town plan that ultimately took shape in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Faro retains a section of the defensive walls built in the 17th century that once surrounded the whole of the city, but which had already been partially destroyed by the beginning of the 19th century. Troops on the Liberal side made use of them when they defended the city against Miguelist forces (the struggle between those who believed in a constitution and their opponents, who favoured a return to absolutism). The area enclosed by the walls corresponds to Faro’s old town.
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