Vasco da Gama Birthplace - Castle of Sines
When, several years ago, God woke me up with the name, "Vasco da Gama" on my brain, I had hoped to eventually find out the meaning of this "revelation" and it was only after sharing the phenomenon with my son, John, that I realized why God has spoken this name to me.
More of a self portrait than anything but this hangs in Vasco da Gama's birthplace castle, so I had to have a photos of it for sure!
John immediately, after me explaining to him the name, "Vasco da Gama" that God has placed on my mind, said this: "Oh Mom, let's do that someday! Let's follow his route from Portugal to Spain! And I'm going to pay for it!"
da Gama Coat of Arms
John was maybe about 10 at the time.
Antique Handkerchief Memorializing 400 Years Since Vasco da Gama's Voyage
Well, guess what, about seventeen years later, we did just that! And John, true to his word, paid for it! Well, most of it. I pitched in for a few hotel nights and crusts of bread here and there.
View from inside Vasco da Gama Castle Birthplace
da Gama Castle Rafters
So, you can imagine our joy to find out that one can still visit his birthplace castle!
Vasco da Gama Birthplace Castle tucked neatly within Fortress Walls
Considering that Explorer Vasco da Gama was born in Sines, Portugal, around 1460, that's a long time to have preserved someone's birthplace.
John on the castle walls...going to see if Vasco is in today.
Defenders of the castle had nice walkways
Castle Back Yard
Commanding View of Sea from Castle Walls
More of Commanding Sea View from Castle
Plenty of Room for Jousting in Castle Yard
Remains of Palm Trees - Were they relics from India? There seemed to be something "sacred" about those stumps.
Vasco da Gama Beach
John, almost there!
Pristine and well preserved Vasco da Gama Birthplace
Enterance into Castle Walls
Looks like Vasco wasn't home, so we searched for other lodgings. (Note sidewalk for rolling suitcases.)
Typical Ocean Front House
View of Castle Walls from Beach
Vasco Still Peers Out to Sea
I expect Asterix and Obelix to Step Out Any Minute
John Embraces Sines, Portugal
Bad Hair Day
John thought it would be okay to play with Vasco's toys even if he wasn't home!
So many cannons to pick from!
Admiring My Old Friend
Sines Has Not Forgotten Vasco da Gama
Vasco Still in Charge of the Sea
Blue & White Tiles on Church by Castle
Johnerik in Lisbon
Vasco da Gama Memorabilia in Lisbon
Vidigueira "gives up Vasco da Gama's bones"!