Lagares Del Rey in Tomar, used in the past to produce olive oil

These photos were shot at Everard Street in Tomar, also known as Levada. This old street was built by the Portuguese King Manuel I, who lived in the 15th and 16th centuries. A branch of Nabão River goes this way, flowing between Levada and these buildings which are called Lagares Del Rey. The word Lagares means Press and it is exactly what these building in the photos were for. It was here at Lagares Del Rey that olives used to be pressed to produce olive oil. These buildings were first constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries by the Templars and later remodeled by King Manuel I, supposedly with new olive oil presses, to serve the plantations of olive trees around Tomar.

Lagares Del Rey at Rua Everard in the City of Tomar in Portugal

These buildings on the left of this branch of Nabão River are called Lagares Del Rey (Presses of the King) and they were used for centuries to press olives and produce olive oil

 

Lagares Del Rey at Levada in the City of Tomar in Portugal

Lagares Del Rey as these buildings are known, were first built in the 12th and 13th century by the Templars who lived in the Castle of Tomar, but later in the 16th century, King D. Manuel I, remodeled them

 

Lagares Del Rey at Rua Everard in Tomar

Lagares Del Rey (Presses of the King) took this name because King D. Manuel I, made this buildings the centre of production of olive oil in Tomar. In more modern times Lagares Del Rey also served as a foundry

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