Tower of Santo Antonio de Cascais

Tower of Santo Antonio de Cascais

Tower of Santo Antonio de Cascais

Tower of Santo Antonio de Cascais
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,240 contributions
Medieval Defence System that Stretched From Cascais to the Belem Tower
Mar 2020
From Ribeira Beach, the citadel and tower of St Anthony is only a 2-3 minute walk up the gentle slope that overlooks the marina and fishing harbour.
What you see here are the heavy-duty defensive walls that were built between 1410-1415 to guard against attacks. Taking no chances, they continued to fortify the citadel, adding a tower in 1488 and a new fort in 1595.
The Tower of St Anthony was part of a network of defences which together with the Belem Tower was designed to head off any potential invasions. It was interesting to be able to see this after having also been through the tower at Belem and to see how it was part of a much wider system of defence.
In addition to the tower and walls, the citadel has an open, central courtyard with several outdoor sculptures. The royal summer palace also sits within the citadel walls but it is only open at certain times and you can only visit with a guide.
Written 27 January 2021
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,453 contributions
Part of the citadel
Jul 2019 • Couples
We had the good fortune to stay at the hotel here once. Great area for exploring with the castle walls and the art district.
Written 4 July 2019
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vsop-50
Vlijmen, The Netherlands861 contributions
Nice old fortification, renovated inside
Jun 2019 • Couples
This obviously must have been the first line of defense against invadors who wanted to come in through the Tagus/Tejo river. The old fort/citadel is quite a nice backdrop for the new Cascais Marina.
Entrance is free, and once inside the renovated central square you will notice that it now also houses an Art Centre.
Plenty of photo opportunities !!
Written 15 June 2019
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Peter P
Rushton, UK66 contributions
Cool on a hot day
Dec 2018 • Friends
There is not a lot to see but take a look when strolling around the quay towards the marina ; it’s free entrance so don’t miss it :
Written 11 June 2019
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permia
Ireland37,186 contributions
Protection from pirates and all other intruders
Mar 2019 • Couples
Given the importance of Cascais at the mouth of the mighty Tagus, it followed that fortresses and fortifications were constructed to protect from poachers and invaders.

We can see today what has lasted for many centuries, the admirably powerful citadel and this great tower.
Written 15 May 2019
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania19,556 contributions
Tower on the seashore
May 2018 • Solo
An old stone defensive tower placed right on the seashore.Interesting but not really out of common.You'll notice it if you take a walk to the marina.
Written 14 August 2018
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Edgar_P73
Cascais, Portugal110 contributions
A rare treasure preserved like a matrioska
Aug 2017 • Family
A 15 Century Tower preserved inside another tower with many secrets to unveil that were discovered only some years ago by a very persistant researcher from Cascais. They even found the solution for a crime unsolved during centuries. It worth the visit and it's free.
Written 11 September 2017
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GPhillipsMBE
Carterton, UK2,703 contributions
Good views
Apr 2017 • Family
Take your camera for some great photos. Get there early to avoid the long queues as well. You can also get lots of great pics elsewhere so you could afford to miss this one out.
Written 22 April 2017
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rickyrico
Broxbourne, UK358 contributions
Taste of history at this well preserved Tower and its free to enter
Aug 2015 • Family
Hidden at the far end of the quay in Cascais is this well preserved fort. The entrance fee is free and well worth a visit.
It is well preserved with many interesting rooms with artefacts in displays dotted around , in one room is fascinating video which highlights the history and historical finds within the house.

it is definitely worth a visit
Written 16 August 2015
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OlePompey
Portsmouth, UK115 contributions
Well preserved fort but watch the video
Jun 2015 • Couples
We just came across this poorly advertised Fort at the end of the quay in Cascais. Its free and worth a visit not only to get out of the heat.
It was in use by the Navy when an archaeologist got involved and this isn't mentioned on the small brochure but is the subject of a fascinating video which is on a loop in one of the rooms and which you must watch.
I won't spoil the story but it just shows what persistence can uncover.
Written 13 June 2015
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