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Faro - The Other Side of the City Centre Route 1

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Algarve Regional Museum (On foot or by car) Pontinha Square In Pontinha square, enjoy a visit to the Algarve Regional Museum (1) where you can get acquainted with some of Algarve's traditions through the existing museum holdings of regional typical objects; enjoy the spaces recreation of the Algarve's traditional house and tavern over which the village's social life revolved around. The museum founder and responsible was the painter Carlos Filipe Porfirio (1895-1970). Afterwards walk along Portugal Street towards Lethes Theater (2).

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Lethes Theatre Lethes Theatre (2) The building's construction, formerly owned by the College of the Society of Jesus, dates back the year 1605 and after the Jesuits expulsion in 1759, was integrated in the Royal Treasury. In 1843, after the implementation of Liberalism, the building was purchased at an auction by Dr. Lazarus Doglioni. The theater's adaptation works were undertaken by his nephew, Dr. Justino Cumano, having the theatre opened in 1855. The name Lethes means "River of Forgetfulness" and represents the use of art, culture and entertainment. When leaving the building, turn right, go across Mouras Velhas Square and follow São Luís Street (St. Louis). In Cruz das Mestras Street turn left and follow until Carmo Square. Here you'll will find the Church of Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) (3) built in 1713 by Bishop António Pereira da Silva, and considered one of the most important aesthetic manifestations of religious and artistic heritage of the region.

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Church of Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo Here you'll will find the Church of Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) (3) built in 1713 by Bishop António Pereira da Silva, and considered one of the most important aesthetic manifestations of religious and artistic heritage of the region. Inside are the images of São João Baptista (St. John the Baptist) and São José (St. Joseph) on the sides of the tabernacle, as well as the images of Santo António (St. Anthony) and Santa Maria Madalena de Pazzi (St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi). Attached to the building is a small Chapel of Bones.

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Market Hall Return to Pontinha Square and take a drive towards the Market Hall (4), by João de Deus Street and then turn right at Mouzinho Albuquerque Street. On the Market Hall (there is a car park), in the morning, you can find many fruit and vegetables, flowers, fish, meat and various traditional products stallholders. Take a moment to relax in one of the existing terraces. Follow the Bombeiros Portugueses Street across São Luís Square towards Estrada da Penha and visit also the Jewish Cemetery (5). The cemetery is located on the right side, next to São Luís Stadium.

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Municipal Theatre To visit Faro's Municipal Theatre we suggest returning to the Market Hall and by car, take General Teófilo Trindade Street, across Aboim Ascenção Street, turn left, go through Dr. Adelino Carlos Palma Avenue until you find the roundabout, on your left you'll find Faro's Municipal Theatre (6), a project by the architects Gonçalo Byrne and Sophie Matias. Take the opportunity to visit this space and discover its cultural programming.

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Next to the theatre you'll find Casa das Figuras (7) (House), a Baroque building built in the 18th century. Its façade has a pediment cut, which brings into relief two dragons with human faces, flanked by dolphins. Across the road some green areas where you can keep fit in the existing fixtures or visit one of the nearby shopping spaces.

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