One of the Algarve’s most beautiful locations, the Sagres promontory, has been awarded the European Heritage Label (EHL), which highlights “heritage sites that celebrate and symbolise European history, ideals and values”.
The decision was announced on Wednesday (December 2) and will be made official in Brussels next year.
“The Sagres promontory is a rich cultural and historical landscape located at the south-west corner of the Iberian Peninsula,” reads at statement posted on the EU’s website.
“It comprises a series of significant archaeological remains, urban structures, and monuments testifying its strategic location and importance over the centuries,” it adds.
As the text explains, the promontory became the headquarters of Prince Henry the Navigator for his maritime expansion plans during the 15th century. It was a “key location” of the Age of Discoveries, which “marked the expansion of European culture, science, exploration and commerce both towards the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, setting European civilisation on its path to the global projection that came to define the modern world.”
Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner(2014-2019) for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport says “these sites showcase Europe’s road to unity, the struggle for peace and the building of our historical legacy. They hold a special place for freedom, democracy and openness in Europe and remind us of the values which we must cherish and promote – today more than ever. I warmly invite everyone to discover and enjoy them”.
In a press release, the Algarve’s culture board said that the accolade represents an “important step forwards for the promontory’s bid to become UNESCO Intangible Heritage” (see story ‘Second time lucky? Sagres bids for Heritage title’ at portugalresident.com)