Free museum and two guided tours in Tavira on Monuments Day

To mark the International Day of Monuments and Sites

The Municipal Museum of Tavira opens its doors to the public free of charge, tomorrow, April 18th, International Day of Monuments and Sites, while on Saturday, April 20th, the activity “Tours in the History of Tavira” will take place, as well as the visit to the exhibition “Balsa, Roman City”.

Thus, on Saturday, at 10:30 am, the tour will have the theme “From the mortar ornaments of the architect Diogo Tavares de Ataíde (1711-1765) to the ornate platbands of Tavira”, guided by the architect Marta Santos.

The route through the historic center will explore the work of Diogo Tavares de Ataíde (1711-1765), “architect-craftsman” and prominent figure in the ornamentation of baroque architecture in the Algarve, notable for his various stone works, relief ornaments and works of mass.

The evolution of mortar ornaments from the 18th century to the ornate platbands, characteristic of Tavira in the following centuries, will be covered.

Marta Santos is an architect, with a master's degree in Rehabilitation of Architecture and Urban Nuclei (FAUL), a postgraduate degree in Intangible Cultural Heritage (ULHT) and a PhD candidate in Architecture, Conservation and Restoration (FAUL – FCT).

On the same day, at 15:30 pm, the Museum promotes a visit to the “Balsa, Roman City” exhibition, under the guidance of municipal archaeologist Celso Candeias.

On view at Palácio da Galeria, the exhibition provides a journey of 2000 years, to the time when the city flourished, next to the banks of the Ria Formosa, which became the capital of a Roman municipality.

Throughout 10 rooms, and through an exhibition based on around 100 pieces from various national museums, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about various aspects linked to the origin and evolution of that city, as well as its main economic activities, the eating habits and daily life of its inhabitants.

Participation in these activities is free, and interested parties must fill out the respective form by April 18th.

Tours in the History of Tavira (maximum 30 people):
Registration form available by clicking here.

Guided tour of the “Ferry, Roman City” exhibition (maximum 15 people)
Registration form available by clicking here.

Celebrated annually on April 18th, the International Day of Monuments and Sites, it was established in 1982 by ICOMOS and approved by UNESCO the following year.

This commemorative day aims to increase public awareness about the diversity of heritage and the efforts necessary to protect and conserve it, raising awareness of its vulnerability and the importance of safeguarding and enhancing it.