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In the 9th century Faro was called Ossonoba. The citywall was build in this same time, and in that time the name was changed in Santa Maria de Harune. Faro was an Islamitic city and conquered by the Portugese in 1292. Then it became Faro and it got the privilege of a town. Trade was very important for Faro, and they exploit salt. But a disaster came over Faro, in 1755 an earthquake distroyed the most of the historic buildings. Just one arch has left. The old town is called Cidade Velha, and is surrounded by an city gate.
On the main square in the old town you will find an church, it is called the Se. In the neighbourhood of the church you can find the archeological museum.
In Faro you are able to shop, to visit musea and to see the old town. You can visit the church and climb to the roof. But watch out!! I am not joking, if you are really big or travel with a lot of extra kilos by yourself, you will have a hard time climbing up the stairs. And this is not because of a bad condition! No the last 2 strairs you have to take are very small! Really small! But once you made it to the top it is very nice. Than you can see how Faro has developed.