Núcleo Museológico do Tempo - Torre das Cabaças
Museums and Palaces
The name of Torre das Cabaças (Calabash Tower) derives from the existence at the top of the tower of an iron structure supporting eight calabashes (since replaced by ceramic pots) serving to reinforce the sound of the bell, which was intended to be heard in the villages nearest to Santarém. For a long time, popular opinion has considered them to represent the empty heads of the councillors who were responsible for ordering the building of such a crude, clumsy-looking tower.
In 1999, the Municipal Council drew up a plan for the restoration of the tower and the rehabilitation of the surrounding area. Now with a completely new look (the plasterwork has been replaced and the clockwork system has been restored), the tower houses an interesting Time Museum with an exhibition of objects related to this theme.