Cláudio Torres in the roman nucleus of Mértola’s Museum.

Cláudio Torres in the roman nucleus of Mértola’s Museum.

Cláudio Torres in the Islamic nucleus of Mértola’s Museum.

Cláudio Torres in the Islamic nucleus of Mértola’s Museum.

Mértola inhabitants looking at a street excavation

Mértola inhabitants looking at a street excavation

Cláudio Torres

More than 40 years ago, searching for Islamic heritage, Cláudio Torres arrived to Mértola. His pathway, along with his project and life at Mértola, merge into a whole.

Returning to Portugal in 1974 with the portuguese revolution, he was a professor at the School of Arts and Humanities of University of Lisbon, teaching several Medieval History units until 1986. In 1978 begins his work at Mértola and creates the Mértola Archaeological Site (CAM- Campo Arqueológico de Mértola) with a very small team.

His life has since been intertwined with the revitalisation of Mértola and its ownership by the community. He revealed a priceless Roman, Paleo-Christian, and Islamic heritage, enabling people to understand the critical position of the Islamic legacy in Portugal in all its dimensions. He thus paved the way for re-interpreting Portuguese historiography. Always close to people, with the man-community as the focus of his action.

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Prémios Europeus do Património Cultural / Prémios Europa Nostra 2023 para Cláudio Torres, Portugal na categoria "Campeões do Património"

 
European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2023 for Cláudio Torres from Portugal, in the category "Heritage Champions

The European Commission and Europa Nostra have announced today the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2023. This year, 30 outstanding heritage achievements from 21 countries have been awarded Europe’s top honour in the field (see the full list below).

Among this year’s winners is Cláudio Torres from Portugal, who has been awarded for his remarkable achievements in fostering the appreciation and conservation of Islamic heritage in Portugal for over more than 45 years in which he and the research centre created by him, Mértola Archaeological Site, played a pivotal role.

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