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Cape of Saint Vincent

The most South Westerly point of Europe, which from time immemorial until the end of the pre-christian period,was a point of worship to the setting sun and its deities. Abundant remains of pre-historic obelisks in the region testify to the fact, that even during the pre-Roman era, the area was a point of worship.

The Cape was dedicated to the deity to Saturn as early as the 6th Century B.C. With it's coastline of rugged cliffs constantly beaten by the relentless breakers of the Atlantic Ocean, the area was considered frightening by many. The writer, Estraban, alleged that one was not allowed to offer sacrifices nor overnight at this most South-Westerly point of Europe as it was occupied by the Gods and the Sagres' populace believed that the sun emitted a noise when it set each day.

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