I had been struggling to identify a topic for this month’s #PastmeetsPresent challenge when I spotted this picture in Len Port’s book ‘Get to Know the Algarve’, and thought ‘ooh I have one exactly like that’!
Len’s book was first published in 1993 and so his picture isn’t one of my older past photographs but even so there has been a few changes over the past 30/40 years. Here’s mine, can you spot the differences?!
The pictures are of Forte de São Sebastião one of the three fortresses still visible in Castro Marim. This fort was commissioned during the War of Restoration in 1641 by King João IV to help keep the Spanish, just across the river, out of Portugal.
We’ve yet to get inside Forte de São Sebastião hence only external views, but I am hoping that during our next winter sojourn one of our visits to Castro Marim will coincide with the castle being open! I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime if you have a then and now picture why not join in with my #PastmeetsPresent monthly photo challenge. You will find more information here, but please note that if you are reading this after 1st January 2018 the challenge is moving to my other blog. It’s just so I can also share non Portuguese #pastmeetspresent posts!