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Lighthouse Museum of Santa Marta, Cascais, Portugal

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The Lighthouse Museum of Santa Marta, located in Cascais, Portugal, is a historical and cultural landmark with a rich heritage. Constructed in 1868, the lighthouse has been a crucial navigational aid for ships along the Portuguese coast. The distinctive blue and white stripes, added during its transformation into a museum in 2007, make it a striking visual feature.

Cascais, where the museum is situated, is a picturesque coastal town known for its beautiful beaches, historic sites, and vibrant cultural scene. Historically, Cascais evolved from a fishing village to a popular royal retreat in the late 19th century, significantly boosting its prominence and infrastructure.

Before the lighthouse, the site was home to the Santa Marta Fort, built in the 17th century as part of the coastal defense system protecting the mouth of the Tagus River and Lisbon. The fort played a crucial role in defending against pirate attacks and other threats. Over time, the fort's strategic importance waned, eventually becoming part of the lighthouse complex.

The museum, housed in the former lighthouse keeper's residence and surrounding buildings, features exhibits on maritime navigation, lighthouse technology, and the lives of the lighthouse keepers. These keepers and their families lived in the adjoining keeper's house, working tirelessly to maintain the lighthouse. Personal artifacts, photographs, and documents bring their stories to life, providing a human touch to technological history.

Its blue and white stripes were added in 2007, with its transformation into a museum, blending historical significance with contemporary design. Notably, the Santa Marta Lighthouse is still operational, serving its original purpose as a navigational aid and housing the museum ♥
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