Vila de Grândola

October 9 – 9:00 to 13:30

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The Grandola Municipality welcomed Diving Talks from the first moment we started talking about the idea. Now Grandola invites you for a tour that will touch some interesting sites.

This morning tour will take you to the Museological Nucleus of the Church of São Pedro and Reserves, to visit the “Oficina de Cerâmica” where you’ll have the opportunity to see some typical handicrafts from the region, and the tour will end on April 25 Memorial, a monument that celebrates de Portuguese 1974 revolution. You will also have some time to visit and shop.

1. Núcleo Museológico de São Pedro

The Museological Nucleus of the Church of São Pedro and Reserves is housed in the old church of the same name, a religious building built at the end of the 16th century, with the consent of the Order of Santiago. In the first quarter of the 20th century, it ceased to have religious functions and, in 1934, it was acquired by the City Council. The first Grândola power plant was built in the attached buildings.

Its rehabilitation made it possible to convert the building into a dynamic museum space, committed to the community and its territory, endowing it with conditions to host long-term and temporary exhibitions, as well as the museums of the Municipality, which will, in this way, hold the packaging conditions appropriate to their different typologies.

Inside, the visitor is invited to undertake a journey through the different historical periods, by material traces left by ancient communities, from Prehistory to the 20th century. The memory of those remote times, this museum center reveals a territory full of megalithic monuments, necropolises of cistas, mines, salting factories, temples, ruins and shipwrecks, which historical and archaeological research has been in charge of unraveling.

The exhibition area occupies the old nave, the main altar and three side rooms, depicting places, evoking personalities, recalling episodes and exhibiting artifacts dated from the different chronological moments that refer to the evolution of this territory. The space also houses a small auditorium for the projection of a film alluding to the history of the Municipality of Grândola.

The Núcleo Museológico de São Pedro intends to be a place of investigation and dissemination of the collective memory and of safeguarding the historical and archaeological heritage of the Municipality of Grândola.
The doors of the old church of São Pedro now open to evoke stories of Liberty and to plan new voyages of discovery.

2. Oficina de Cerâmica

The handicrafts in the Municipality of Grândola have a very interesting diversity, not only in relation to the pieces and works produced, but also in terms of the materials used, most of them coming from the municipality itself.

The pottery, woolen blankets, pastoral art and the construction of thatched huts are the memory of the inhabitants of the municipality, the latter still very present today. We add to these the most recent legacy of the art of working with roots such as camarinha, an endogenous plant from our coast, and other plants from Serra de Grândola, clothing, accessories and jewelery in felt and wool, and other pieces in resin. Ceramic painting, wrought iron, cork work, toys and other wood work, traditional pieces of fabric, such as talegos, are still the maximum expressions of local current times.

Within the scope of the protocol approved for the “Oficina de Cerâmica” space, opened to the public in 2020, the Municipality of Grândola fulfils yet another objective in valuing the handicrafts and artisans of the Municipality of Grândola. A step on the way to stimulate that space that is intended to be the “home” of the arts and crafts of our Municipality, where you can find the immense diversity of know-how of our artisans.

3. Free time for shopping

4. Memorial 25 de Abril

April 25 Memorial celebrates the 1974 revolution that overthrown the 42 years of dictatorship ruling Portugal to April 25 1974.

The monument is integrated with a platform that accessed through a staircase with low and wide steps. Consisting of an elliptical wall, which is intersected by a circular area, the set is lined with tiles painted in blue on the main face. The central circle is painted a large blue carnation whose stem extends to the monument’s base as if breaking from the earth. At the bottom of the circle is a rectangle with the names of many of the “Captains of April” who participated in the Revolution. The side walls are decorated with the musical staff and the lyrics of the song “Grândola, Vila Morena”, while the bottom frieze contains its complete lyrics.

The rear wall, which is accessed via two ramps that flank the monument, is completely covered with the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. There is a circle covered with tiles in various shades of yellow in the centre, representing the sun.