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As I was driving up the coast, I saw a sign for Vimeiro. I remembered something about a big battle between the British allied forces and the French, during the Peninsula Wars. I took the turn-off and eventually arrived at the village, which also has a delightful little revamped museum on the battle site.

 

In the Battle of Vimeiro on 21 August 1808, the British and Portuguese under General Arthur Wellesley (later known as the Duke of Wellington) defeated the French under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot near the village of Vimeiro. Today, part of the battle site is in the village. You can read more in the history books and Wiki.

 

Pictures:

 

Top left: The picture is taken from in front of the museum to the east. Genl Wellesley's forces attacked from here. Somewhat to left, almost on the horizon you should be able to make out a longish white building. That is where the French attacked from. Most of the battle took place in the shallow valley below.

 

Top right: In the museum garden. thare are a number of these tiled plaques, depicting scenes before, during and after the battle. Here, Genl Wellesley is greeted by someone, with the house where he bivouacked in the background.

 

Bottom right: A big tiled mural inside the museum. Too big even for the wide angle lens. Red jackets = British. Green = Portuguese. The guys coming in from the left are the French.

 

Bottom left: The picture shows the typical lodgings of a soldier, in that time period. I don't think each soldier had his own barrel - must be decoration.

 

 

comments (16)

i liked both the tiled art works, Louis. good that you took the detour.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. I am glad I made the detour.
Always good to learn some history...
Louis: I knew about the war and the battle, but it was all a bit vague. This was a good opportunity.
Great montage - it seems they've done a good job on this museum!
Louis: Not too big, but one can learn everything about the event of the battle. Friendly people as well and entry was free - even got a cup of coffee.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Nov 2017, 03:30
Fabulous tileage, Louis!
Louis: I agree, thanks Ray.
Don't you love how a name can bring up so many memories and questions, Louis. I bet you're glad you followed the sign!
Louis: It put a bit of strain on the duration at the places I planned to visit, but I am glad I made the detour. Thanks Ginnie.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 24 Nov 2017, 06:50
Jolie fresque, j'aime celle en couleurs.
Louis: Merci, Martine.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 24 Nov 2017, 06:56
I feel ashamed Louis, I know nothing about the events that took place here. The historical illustrations are a fine reminder of the blood that was spilled in this quiet looking place

Glad we won..
Louis: I believe the Portuguese was even more glad the British allied forces won. This is one of three decisive battles in short succession that kept Napoleon's forces out of Lisbon. In a way, it was also the start of the turn around that lead the eventual defeat of Napoleon some 7 years later.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Nov 2017, 06:56
A fine history lesson - and I love the azuleijos in Portugal
Louis: There will still be some more of the tiles on show, later on. Thank you Philine.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Nov 2017, 07:43
This collage is wonderful. I am fascinated by the way they were able to teel the whole story of the battle in tiles, like we do in paintings. Over time the French, English and the Portugees fought many fights and sometimes the Dutch would jump in too...
Beautiful display.
Louis: Thank you Astrid. Many nations were involved, as Napoleon was an ambitious little man.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 24 Nov 2017, 07:47
It is funny to think how often two European armies liked to have their show down on another county’s land.
Louis: ... and at some stages, the armies consisted of foreigners.
I remember doing the peninsula war at school but I don't remember the names of the battles...just that we won grin
Louis: I think there were too many battles to remember them all, in this part of the war.
Very interesting story and photo's, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Frank, I enjoyed the visit.
An interesting quartet of images Louis.
Louis: Thank you Brian
i'm glad that you took the road into town Louis... i love the tiled scenes....petersmile
Louis: There are still some wonderful tiling coming up from my visit, peter.
A nice set of pics, Louis - not a village I've visited!
Louis: Thanks you Tom
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 26 Nov 2017, 16:33
This is a very interesting and informative collage.

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