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St Vincent's Cape by Kjherstin St Vincent's Cape by Kjherstin


:camera: St Vincent's Cape

Photography: Christina Pereira
Location: Vila do Bispo, Algarve, Portugal
Google map Link: [link]
Processing: Pentax K10D, f/10 1/750s 35mm
Original Size: 3872x2592 240ppi

Comment: This was one of my favourite photos of our stay in Portugal: `eggy looking at the lighthouse and old holy ground.

History:
Cape St. Vincent was already sacred ground in Neolithic times, as standing menhirs in the neighbourhood attest. The ancient Greeks called it Ophiussa (Land of Serpents), inhabited by the Oestriminis and dedicated here a temple to Heracles. The Romans called it Promontorium Sacrum (or Holy Promontory). They considered it a magical place where the sunset was much larger than anywhere else. They believed the sun sank here hissing into the ocean, marking the edge of their world.

According to legend, the name of this cape is linked to the story of a fourth-century martyred Iberian priest St. Vincent whose body was brought ashore here. A shrine was erected over his grave; according to the Arab geographer Al-Idrisi, it was always guarded by ravens. King Afonso Henriques (1139-1185) had the body of the saint exhumed in 1173 and brought it by ship to Lisbon, still accompanied by the ravens.

The area around the cape was plundered several times by pirates from France and Holland and, in 1587, by Sir Francis Drake. All existing buildings, including the Vila do Infante of Henry the Navigator fell into ruins because of the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. The Franciscan monks stayed on until 1834, when all monasteries were disbanded in Portugal.
Several naval battles were fought in the vicinity of this cape:

* The French Admiral Anne Hilarion de Tourville defeated a small Anglo-Dutch naval fleet commanded by Sir George Rooke escorting a convoy of between 400 and 500 English and Dutch merchant ships on 27 June 1693. The "Smyrna fleet" disaster, as it came to be known, saw ninety-four of the richly-laden merchant ships either captured or sunk; this event led to the dismissal of two English admirals whose convoy escort had turned back off Ushant, France.
* In 1780, this cape was the site of the Battle of Cape St. Vincent (between Britain and Spain).
* Admiral Jervis with Commodore Nelson defeated the Spanish fleet in 1797 at a second Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
* In 1833, a Loyalist Portuguese fleet defeated the Miguelites during Portugal's Liberal Wars.


Source:Wikipedia



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Sophibelle Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010   Photographer
It's a really nice photo. I can almost hear the wind... and... I know it sounds weird, but when I look at this photo I think of Wuthering Heights... maybe because of Eggy's hair flowing in the wind. :giggle: My favoured adaptation of the book is the one from 2009 with Tom Hardy. :3
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Oh wow what a romantic scene. I have to see it then.
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Sophibelle Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010   Photographer
You can see the whole movie on You Tube. I just re-watched a few of my favoured scene. The love from Wuthering Heights is one of the strongest in literature, and the movie from 2009 is the best adaptation, in my opinion. so yeah, you should definitely watch it. :3
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Oh wow! I will definitely watch it
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euphoricdesire Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
the view it's sublime
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
that it is :D
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euphoricdesire Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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d37nu1l Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Great shot! I like how you got the gull in the corner. :D
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
I was so nervous too. I was like: "Oh the Sea Gull! Oh! Oh!" *CLICK* *CLICK* *CLICK* *CLICK*
tada! LOL
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d37nu1l Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
lol... turned out great, though. ;)
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
thank you
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Morgan-Styles Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
kool, i'd sure love to visit there sometime soon..
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
It is so very beautiful there
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Morgan-Styles Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i see, i'm thinking about studying spain.... so tht would be on my list of places to got to if it happens...
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Oh when you do. Let me know
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Morgan-Styles Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
no prob, shall do...
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jetOr Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Very beautiful :thumbsup:
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Thank you. The west coast of Portugal is paradise
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jetOr Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
By looking at this photo I simply can't disagree with you.
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bl00m Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Hey!

E viva Portugal :P Foto bonita!

Happy belated birthday! Sorry :P

:hug:
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
:aww: Thanks I enjoyed myself very much.
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Misantropia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Linda vista.
Bom enquadramento.
Boas cores.
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Muito obrigada. Portugal tem vistas tao lindas
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