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The Problem of Historical Environments

While I was at Bucaco, I found out that the forest was also the sight of a major battle between the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon’s troops. It was an accidental discovery, paging through the guidebook and reading the strangely nondescript signs around the museum. Apparently, the Duke of Wellington had stayed in the convent down below and […]

The Forest of Bucaco: An Exploration of Portuguese Wildlife

Station of the Cross in the Forest One of the day trips we took from Coimbra was to the forest of Bucaco (Bussaco is the English spelling). Apparently, monks built a convent here as early as the 6th century, but sometime in the 17th century, Carmelite monks decided to plant a bunch of the previously […]