“Regimental Warehouse” becomes part of the municipal heritage of Lagos

Rehabilitating and preserving this building of military architecture is the first major objective of the municipality with this acquisition

The Municipality of Lagos and the Portuguese Army signed this Thursday, January 19, the self-delivery of the Warehouses at Praça Infante Dom Henrique, better known by the designation of “Regimental Warehouse”, which now integrates municipal heritage.

Rehabilitating and preserving this building of military architecture is the municipality's first major objective with this acquisition.

So far owned by the State and assigned to the Ministry of National Defence, under the responsibility of the Support Unit of the Logistics Command, the building was sold by direct agreement to the Municipality of Lagos, through financial compensation of 238 thousand euros. The act marks the culmination of a process of contacts and negotiations that had been going on for some time.

The transfer of the building to the ownership of the municipality was made by Lieutenant Colonel Manuel José Mendes Cavaco, 2nd Commander of the Support Unit of the Logistics Command, representing the Army.



Referring to the occasion as a very important moment for Lagos, Hugo Pereira, mayor of the municipality, revealed that the municipality's priority is to conserve this heritage and rehabilitate the space, "providing it with more conditions for carrying out cultural activities, and then return it again to the enjoyment of the community».

Located in the current Praça do Infante and with a total area of ​​approximately 234 square meters, the property, dating from 1665, was built to store the products brought by the ships that docked in Lagos.

On its main façade, over each of the doors, there is a coat of arms of the Kingdom of the Algarve and, between them, the seal of the Count of Avintes. Two large wooden doors, surmounted by a Baroque pediment, enclose an example of a set of Seven Steps (oratorias) of the Via Sacra that were scattered throughout the city. It is assumed that the Church of São Brás once existed on this site.