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From the ruin in Friday's picture, another 50 yards and through an arched gateway into the area of the Castelo de São Jorge (the castle of St George), directly to the right is this contraption. Pissoir in French or a krul/urinoir in Dutch, where I have seen similar objects d'art in their capital cities.


The castle originating history is a bit vague. Whoever is interested can read more detail here. Enough said that the hilltop was occupied and fortified, ever since the Celts, up to now. The last royalty that lived here, left in the early years 1500 A.D. Since then it has been used for a number of purposes by the reigning government. The outer walls of the castle also include a cosy neighbourhood, by the name of Santa Cruz. At the time of WW2 the dictator, Salazar, had some restorations of the walls done. No-one understands exactly why.


I didn't visit the castle grounds and walls, as I have arrived with an half an hour to spare. So I opted for a nice dinner and some Fado performances in the Afalma neighbourhood. The main features of both the castle area and the Afalma both date from the time of Moorish occupation.



comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 14 Aug 2017, 02:37
You have to be determined to use this urinal, Louis...the assortment of bollards and barriers seem designed to thwart facile efforts.
Louis: I thought the bollards ad barriers are handy for those who have to wait their turn. They are all of the height to serve as seats.
Unusual to my eyes!

Thank you for the gret information!
Louis: Yes - they are also not found in SA. Saw such an arrangement the first time in A'dam in 1977.
  • Chris
  • No Nowhere
  • 14 Aug 2017, 06:36
I like the appropriate bollard Louis
Louis: Yes, it keeps cars from jumping a surprise on someone using the facility, Chris.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Aug 2017, 06:41
I understand - also for ladies? I see you have enjoyed your time in Portugal.
Louis: Well, Philine - there is no sign reserving the facility for men only ...
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Aug 2017, 06:42
Lol at Chris!
Louis: Yes, and I did enjoy my time in Portugal.
Bare necessities of life, Louis!
Louis: A good and affordable arrangement, to keep late night revelers from wetting walls.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk : where the sun rises first in England
  • 14 Aug 2017, 08:21
Cultural past time ...''taking the piss''
Louis: smile Yes, if you gotta go, you gotta go ...
i wonder if this can be missed out, especially in the darkness of night, Louis. i imagine residents around here would know though.
Louis: There are some streetlights in the area, so I think it may still be visible. Although, when you stand behind the screen, I don't know if everything will still be visible smile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 14 Aug 2017, 08:52
A wonderful pissoir to add to the many forms I have seen in my time.
Louis: A form of a gutter it is, too smile
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 14 Aug 2017, 09:20
Do you have any more similar shots, Louis?
Louis: Oops, I am not 100% with your question. Do you mean; shots of other such conveniences, shots of other not similar conveniences, or shots of old buildings?
I saw some interesting male/female indicators at loo's and will show them in due time. My only pissior picture from this travel - I have one of the A'dam version somewhere among my old slides. Shots of many old buildings still coming up. So, if I missed the point of your question - just let me know.
Is the urinal still in use?
Louis: Yes, I had to wait for a gent to vacate to take the shot. I don't think he would have appreciated.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Aug 2017, 12:06
I love the sign, somebody did some fancy designing here.... I have seen many in Amsterdam and never thought they were found somewhere else..... lucky men.
Louis: I have seen them in some other European cities as well. In general, most are replaced by new modern cubicles.

Well, Astrid - there is no sign reserving the facility for men only ...
I recall using one similar to this many years ago in Amsterdam, it was somewhat embarrasing to be honest.
Louis: Embarrassing when one is not used to it. In A'dam my brother-in-law used one, looking at me over the partition, while continuing our conversation. Years later, he visited us in SA and on one long drive, he had to go. So I stopped in the middle of nowhere, so to speak and told him to pick a tree. Not a lot of traffic about, providing ample time. He came back to car, reporting that he was embarrassed out of a wee and we can continue, until the next village about 40 kms in the future. He wasn't used to it ...
  • Anne
  • France
  • 14 Aug 2017, 12:46
Quite unusual!
Louis: I have seen many of these in Paris, when I was there years ago, Anne.
Clearly for gents
Louis: Even without a sign, eh Bill?
That's pretty basic! Had an excellent conference dinner in the castle many years ago!
Louis: The Portuguese really make good food - so that dinner was probably very special.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 15 Aug 2017, 07:15
Cela n'est pas très discret.
Room with a view
Subtle isn't it?

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