We will start a journey to discover Setúbal. We will go through some of the most emblematic points of the city, with brief historical background notes.
We are sure that you will get a more complete view of the city.
Let's start here, right in Casa da Baía, now a tourist office.
Did you know that this building was once a convent?
This is where the Recolhimento de Nossa Senhora da Soledade de Setúbal was built, following the construction of the hermitage of the same name, which was intended to receive women in need.
The chapel was founded in 1745 and the Recolhimento was completed in 1750.
The women were Lay Carmelites, subject to a regime identical to that of convents.
Archaeological excavations carried out in the four wings of the Recollection revealed the bones of 45 women who lived and died there between the 18th and 19th centuries, and who would have been between 18 and 70 years old.
The building was composed by a longitudinal body in Ermida da Soledade, situated to the East, which was articulated with three other wings around a central cloister. The main facade had an austere baroque style, in accordance with the traditional architecture of Carmelite buildings.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the occupants were evicted and the building functioned as a barracks. A few years later, it was converted into an orphanage, and in recent years it hosted a nursery school.
Setúbal City Council acquired the property in 2003, and A Casa da Baía has been installed since 2011 as a Tourist Promotion Centre.
Let's start our tour then.
Turn right when you leave Casa da Baía.
Keep your mobile phone with a strong GPS signal and check your position periodically on the map. Remember that you will not receive an alert if you leave the defined route.
We wish you a great walk!