On Location at Cabo Espichel
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On Location at Cabo Espichel

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When going to see Cabo Espichel, we found a movie set. Known location, unknown production. There were people around in, I guess, 19th century costumes.

For the set, they used Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a convent from the 18th century, with a church that's still used. The buildings opposite the church are wooden fascades.

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