The São Domingos Mines in Alentejo, close to Mértola, were abandoned in 1966 after centuries of mining activities.
The area now resembles a post-apocalyptic waste land with its abandoned buildings, lagoons that are full of waste from the mines and as a result have high acidic levels and unusual bright metallic colors and a fascinating barren landscape due to the mining activities, pollution and a general hot climate. It is a beautiful site for those that can appreciate industrial decay.
The town of São Domingos itself has the renovated old mining quarters and an enormous mining pit. More interesting however, is the walk from Santana de Cambas to São Domingos following the old railroad, which is around 15 km round trip, you will very likely be all alone in this barren landscape with these old mining structures along the way and it will be walk you will not easily forget.
Cemitério dos Ingleses (‘British Cemetery’) was founded in 1717 and is a burial place for mostly non-Portuguese inhabitants of Lisbon and its surrounding areas. Perhaps the most famous person buried here is Henry Fielding, the English novelist and dramatist who came to Lisbon in 1754 to find a cure for his ailments and never left as he died in Lisbon only 2 months after his arrival.
The most recent addition to the Museu da Água is the Galeria do Loreto (‘Loreto Gallery’), which connects the Reservatório da Patriarcal with the São Pedro de Alcântara garden. The Galeria do Loreto has a total length of 2835 m and a public tour is now available of a part of gallery (around 400 meter). There are plans to open up other parts of the gallery.
The Ponte 25 de Abril (25th of April Bridge) is a suspension bridge connecting Lisbon to Almada on the south bank of the river Tejo. Because of its similarities in color and design It is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (USA).
The Estufa Fria is a cold greenhouse at the edge of Parque Eduardo VII (on the other side of the park from the Carlos Lopes Pavilion). Another beautiful example of a preserved green space in the city of Lisbon.
The Carlos Lopes Pavilion was built in 1923 in celebration of the 100th year anniversary of Brazil’s independence. It now lies abandoned at the edge of Parque Eduardo VII, initially known as Parque da Liberdade (Liberty Park), although until the 90’s it was a venue for concerts from bands such as The Jesus and Mary Chain.
The Laboratorio Chimico is part of the Museu de Ciência da Universidade de Lisboa (‘Museum of Science of the University of Lisbon’). It is a restored 19th century chemistry laboratory that was part of the former Polytechnic School and was used for research and teaching. It still has the original lecture theater and chemistry lab space with original pieces of equipment including a set of reagents and other chemicals in bottles.
As usual the wonderful thing about visiting a museum like this in Lisbon is that you are very likely will be walking there on your own giving you plenty of time to submerge in the mystique of 19th century chemistry research.
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