Parts of our building date back over 500 years. You will see glimpses of the past in some of the large exposed walls in our common areas. This building at one stage was used as a facility to make olive oil for the neighboring convent across the street (built in 1639, the last nuns moved out in 2005). The olive oil had such a reputation that other olive oil factories set up shop along the street. Our street name (travessa dos lagares) translates as way of the olive oil mills. The large stone in our courtyard is a grinding stone for olives.