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Today is the beginning of what will be a small collection of pictures taken between 1973 and 1990. From time to time I will be posting photos scanned from slides and some negative films too. All these slides have been subject to poor storage conditions and most of them show clear signs of humidity and heat. Also, most of them have fungus attached and I really do not know how I can get rid of it. If someone here on TE have any idea about how to clean slides with fungus please let me know. It would be much appreciated. Due to their poor condition I do not know how many will be OK for TE but I promise I will post as many as I can scan and post-process.

The first of this series is from Portugal and it was taken in 1984 with ASAHI PENTAX Spotmatic F SLR camera. It shows the So Joo Baptista Fort located in the wonderful Berlenga Island.

In WS is the view of one of the many caves created by the action of the sea eroding the granitic rock.

Ilhas Berlengas (Berlengas Islands)

The Berlengas archipelago is situated at about 10 km from Carvoeiro Cape, near the town of Peniche and is composed by three groups of islands, the Berlenga Grande Island and the adjacent islets of Estelas e Farrilhes-Forcadas. The archipelago is classified as a Biogenetic Reserve for the Council of Europe since 1981 due to its unique specimens of fauna and flora. The main island, Berlenga Grande, is a rose granite outcrop with 78.8 ha and a maximum height of 85 meters above sea level.

The So Joo Baptista Fort construction was ordered by King John IV, in 1651 due to its strategic location. It is said that in this island existed a Monastery since 1513 that assisted the sailors and the many shipwrecked victims due to this coast violence. The monastery would have been successively attacked by pirates, which led to its abandonment.

During the 20th century, the Fort was transformed into a hotel which was also abandoned after the troubled times of the Carnations revolution in 1974. Today the So Joo Baptista Fort works as a kind of Bed and Breakfast, and is one of the few accommodation places of the archipelago, offering twelve main rooms as well as a convenience shop and a restaurant.

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