Barcarena Gunpowder Factory - Fábrica da Pólvora de Barcarena (to access all photos, please open the post)

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Welcome to my second post on the #Haveyoubeenhere community!

Today, I write you about an old Gunpowder Factory that's located in Barcarena, a small village with more then 5500 years, located in municipality of Oeiras, Portugal.

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Barcarena's Gunpowder Factory, also known as Black Gunpowder Museum, is a park and one of the great centers of culture in Oeiras. The area around this former armaments factory stands out for its academic, scientific and artistic activities. A very inviting space with its exhibitions and leisure spaces.

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detail of the main entrance

We are welcomed with in a some how majestic entrance, with bright yellow colors, that we are going to see replicated in every-other building inside

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At the right side of the entrance, it's located the museum entrance, that due to the pandemic situation it's for the moment not open to visitors. I've already visited the Museum, and I might say that it's very interesting. The manufacture, the processing and the shipping of the gunpowder loads are one of the main issues of this exposition.

The factory was build back in 1729 by António Cremer. After that it suffered some innovations and magnifications on its plant. Firstly it used the power of water steam, going to electric energy (produced by two Diesel generators and one hydroelectric central plan, installed in 1924 and 1929).

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This old factory was rebuild, transformed, and delivered to the population, after the closer of the facilities back in 1998, after its closure in 1988.

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The History of this plant it's very well known by the local population,since many of the workers were from the surrounding areas, and one of the most tragic fatality that happened back in 1972, were a violent explosion in one building of eight compartments lead to the death of 4 workers, and leaving many more wounded.

Nowadays, it's a very quiet place with a lot of gardens inside, with a thematic central park, were the Nature elements are the main focus of it, one coffee house, and one Restaurant.

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Some cultural associations, and theatrical companies operate in some of the small buildings, presenting their work with 6 months interval

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The magical paths invite us to a calm and relaxing Sunday stride... I confess that it's a very usual place for me to visit with my mother, when we want to go for a easy and refreshing Sunday walk

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Shooting range for testing the loads

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Benchrest for the heavy artillery guns

As soon as you walk through the place, you get to see a lot of magic details that "mother Natures" give us for free

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All you have to give it's your time, and calm to appreciate it
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Detail of a Hortensia broad with large heads of pink flowers ( Hydrangea macrophylla). This flowering plant native from Japan, are very popular in Portugal. One curiosity about their flowers coloration: their flowers are blue were the pH of the ground is low (acid) or pink where it's high pH (alkaline).

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At the main part of center patium you have a garden that has the "Four Elements of Nature" has the main point

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representing the wind element

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small detail of the grid under my feet

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water element

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small bell that was used to communicate with the workers

At the exit of the main entrance, this is the scenario that you get. One way street with not so much traffic, and a inviting place to burn some extra calories at your walk back home...
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Detail of the entrance of the Colegue

I hope you liked my second entry for the #Haveyoubeenhere community!

Hope to share some more interesting photographic material, and "hidden" places from Portugal.

Thanks for the time that you've spend reading!

Cheers!



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Lovely story with vivid great photos, thanks for bringing me there virtually :)

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Glad to see you posting again! Great explanations and photos, long since I've been there. Cheers! !BEER

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Thank you so much for your strong and steady support since the very first minute, my friend! I'm the one that is thankful for the "eye opening" intensive therapy!

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It's great to see a post from you again, @xrayman! Did I mention how much I love Portugal, and especially its architecture/its architectural heritage ❣️😊 So...
looking forward to your next pictures!

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Thank you so much for your kind comment, @soulsdetour ! You already mentioned once in a elder post your love for my country! 🥰🥰🥰
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That was a very honorable thing to me, since I'm very new to this community! Thank you for the vote of quality on my post, @livinguktaiwan :)

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Hi from Vietnam! Glad to be introduced and read your post! I love the yellow architecture building from your first photo! Great shots 📸

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The parks are ideal for leisurely walks and the flowers are beautiful. I also write about my travels, the latest post being on my Trans-Siberian Adventure.

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