National Castles Day – 7 October 2021 – Mértola Castle

Located on the top of an elongated and steep hill and articulated with an impressive belt of walls that hug the urban hull all the way to the downtown area, next to the Guadiana river, Mértola castle provided exceptional conditions for defending and controlling the surrounding territory. In the timeline, it succeeds previous fortified structures, in a structural evolution of imprecise contours, which chronologically extends from the Iron Age to the Almohad fortress that the knights of Santiago conquered in 1238. Ler mais National Castles Day – 7 October 2021 – Mértola Castle

The 16th-century chasuble of the Núcleo Museológico de Arte Sacra (Religious Art Museum Unit)

In August 2020, a set of objects that had been in the custody of the Diocese of Beja for some years and belonged to the Vestry Board of the Parish Church of the Parish of Mértola was deposited at the Museum of Mértola. The 2 custodies from the 17th century and an ex-voto to the Lord of Calvary from the 19th century were immediately integrated into the exhibition of Núcleo Museológico de Arte Sacra. This set included a chasuble, which was kept in reserve because it needed a specific exhibition stand with adequate conditions for its conservation. The chasuble is now included in the permanent Sacred Art exhibition, in the main part of the Church of Misericórdia, in a specially-built display case, which meets all the conservation and security requirements, but also gives this piece the emphasis it deserves. Ler mais The 16th-century chasuble of the Núcleo Museológico de Arte Sacra (Religious Art Museum Unit)

‘Sustentar’ Exhibition, Ci.CLO Platform – Mértola Castle Exhibition Gallery

On 30 July, the ‘Sustentar’ Exhibition opened at the Mértola Castle Exhibition Gallery and at the Casa das Artes Mário Elias. This is a group exhibition by artists Elisa Azevedo, Evgenia Emets, Margarida Reis Pereira, Maria Oliveira, Nuno Barroso and Sam Mountford, curated by Krysztof Candrowicz, Pablo Berástegui and Virgílio Ferreira, organised and produced by Ci.CLO. Ler mais ‘Sustentar’ Exhibition, Ci.CLO Platform – Mértola Castle Exhibition Gallery

Cláudio Torres – National ‘Memory and Identity’ Award 2020/2021

On 22 July 2021, Doctor Cláudio Torres, Director of the Archaeological Site of Mértola and the Mértola Museum received the National ‘Memory and Identity’ Award, awarded by the Portuguese Association of Municipalities with Historic Centres, at the official ceremony marking the National Day of Historic Centres, in Tavira. Ler mais Cláudio Torres – National ‘Memory and Identity’ Award 2020/2021

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