Tavarede’s centenary Fountain

Ana Valentina Angelo

Tavarede's centenary Fountain

Under the skies of Figueira XVI

Hello Figueira!

 

Beautiful sky, Figueira, blue as if it were the Atlantic bathing the infinite. I walk in Tavarede, one of Figueira’s fourteen parishes. The boulevard is quiet and pleasant. I quickly reach the Paço de Tavarede, the historic center of the village.

Tavarede the land of Lemon Verbena

Tavarede is also known as “Terra do Limonete” due to a legend, from ancient times, that tells a story of the passion of a Christian knight for a young enchanted Moor that took refuge in a cave, in Monte Santa Eulália. He protects and rescues, leading her to pleasant lands, perfumed by aromatic plants, among which the predominance was from the Lemon Verbena; here is our Tavarede from Figueira da Foz.

Tavarede Historic Center

As in the vast majority of Figueira parishes, “the old nucleus of Tavarede is, even today, easily perceptible […] from the church to Paço de Tavarede …” ¹. The entire region boasts centuries-old historic traces, styles of construction, denominations and narrow streets, tiles on the façades, urban and rural activities intertwined.

 

Taverede Historic Center - Photo: Cesar Angelo 2020

Tavarede's centenary Fountain in Figueira da Foz

Fonte de Tavarede - Centro Histórico de Tavarede - foto: Ana Valentina Ângelo
Tavarede's centenary Fountain in Figueira da Foz - Photo: Cesar Angelo 2020

In this scenario, among other heritage, lies the humble centenary water spring of the neighborhood, built in 1876. It is the Fonte de Tavarede. It is considered the best drinking water in the municipality of Figueira da Foz.

Precious jewels in the simple fountain of Tavarede

Azulejo Batismo de Cristo - Rogério Reynaud 1946
Tiles "Baptism of Christ" - Rogério Reynaud 1946 - Photo: Cesar Angelo 2020
Azulejo "Trovas Cardoso Martha" - Rogério Reynaud 1946
Tiles "Trovas Cardoso Martha" - Rogério Reynaud 1946 - Photo: Cesar Angelo 2020
Azulejo "Trovas Cardoso Martha" - Rogério Reynaud 1946
Tiles "Trovas Cardoso Martha" - Rogério Reynaud 1946 - Photo: Cesar Angelo 2020

Tribute to honorable Tavaredenses

Azulejos - Rogério Reynaud 1946
Tiles - Rogério Reynaud - 1946 - Photo: Cesar Angelo 2020

On the side wall next to the spring, a tribute to five prominent characters in Tavarede’s history appears on the tile:

João da Silva Cascão, theater amateur, Antônio Jorge da Silva , mayor and theater amateur, José Nunes Medina, musicologist, Violinda Medina e Silva theater amateur, José da Silva Ribeiro, politician, journalist, philanthropist and theater man.

Tavarede's Fountain - Photo: Cesar Angelo 2020
Tavarede's Fountain - Photo: Cesar Angelo 2020

You, Special Guest of Figueira da Foz, do not miss this opportunity to visit the small and romantic Fountain, two kilometers from the beaches of Buarcos and Claridade. 

See you then.

Delusions

Ana Valentina Angelo

… and from your jug you gave me to drink

you once looked at me,

I saw you once,  only

from afar…

I missed your hand

which I never held        

and I missed your love

which I had never felt

… the journey is over

here I am again looking at the fountain

without a pitcher, without you

although I never had you,

I know I lost you.

Column: Under the Skies of Figueira
Author: Ana Valentina Angelo

 

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