Archive for March, 2011

 

This is another entry about an abandoned village even if in this case I am not sure the place is big enough to be considered a village. It’s more like a group of houses, a remote community which used to exist here, in a nowhere in Southern Portugal. As it happened in so many places, the youngsters left, looking forward to a proper life (accordingly to the current standards of our civilization), probably to Lisbon of to Algarve.  Behind, the older adults aged. One by one they died or were moved to nursery homes. Loneliness became the main problem to these elders. Month after month, year after year, they saw their old childhood friends pass away, and kept waiting, waiting for their turn. Unable to keep an active life they just stood there, chating with the survivors. And one day, the last one day left. And Pêro d’Elvas became a ghost place.

 


 

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any information about the place. There are relatively modern electricity poles in the “village” so it wasn’t abandoned a long time ago. Additionally I saw that some of the houses and iron elements in the structure. If you plan to visit the place, you should bring a 4WD vehicle or be ready to walk about 2,5 km in each way. It’s a pleasant walk but we have to cross some water surfaces along the way. Be ready to take your shoes off.

These are the coordinates of Pêro d’Elvas:

N 37° 15.893 W 007° 55.809

 

Bairro Camões, Portugal

Posted: March 5, 2011 in Portugal

 

In 1926 the Portuguese railways company, CP, decided to build this small neighborhood. It’s important to mention that the nearby town, Entroncamento, was, and still is, the main hub of the country’s railway network. This means there were lots of workers needing housing and this project was designed to help with these needs.

It was a protected zone, properly fenced and with a security booth by the gate, providing a community sense favorable to the establishment of bonds between the inhabitants. Two famous architects, Cottinelli Telmo and Luís da Cunha, conceived the space accordingly the the most advanced concepts of the time. All the houses were personalized, with different plants and a small private garden.

 

 

There is a special building, the school, which really catch the eye. It’s as impressive as a “chateau”, and today nobody would say it used to be merely a school. The last houses being built in the neighborhood are from the 70’s. Nowadays the space is partially abandoned but there is still life in a few houses. I don’t know who’s living there, but some of the houses are kept in good shape, hosting “normal” people (not homeless or so…). In these cases the gardens are well arranged, providing vegetables and flowers. But more interesting then the neighborhood are the trains left on the nearby rails…

 


 

As far as I could find out, the railways company moved to these rails a number of cars and locomotives which would potentially be part of a museum. However, this project never became reality, and now a visitor will be able to freely explore the machinery. Some of the cars, specially those made out of wood, are in a terrible shape. The most modern locomotives were stripped out of the engines and left there, with the cabin and little more inside. So, in a way, it is a museum. Only it was left to the elements and it’s fastly getting into a pile of rusty things.

 

 

There one can find common cars from the 20th Century, old steam locomotives, almost contemporary (well, they would be contemporary in countries like Romania and Bulgaria), older cars like in Western movies, with a small terrace in each end and assorted machinery which I don’t have the knowledge to recognize.

The area it’s open and I don’t see why wouldn’t it be perfectly legal to take a look at all this stuff. Coordinates of the depot: N 39° 27.524 W 008° 28.936