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Lira

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Its arched shape together with the stoned walls, the so-called "currais" (plots) that separate the vineyard, resemble an ancient stringed musical instrument, the lyre, known for its wide use in ancient times and whose name has sponsored this viewpoint.

Originally built between 1820 and 1850, the Lira Viewpoint was one of the favourite summer locations of the Dabney family who used to settle in Monte da Guia in the warmer months. From the United States of America, the Dabney family arrived at Faial in 1806, when John Bass Dabney, the patriarch of this family, was nominated the United States Consul General to the Azores. Through its business, this family marked the social and economic structure of the island in the 19th century.

The Monte da Guia together with the main house, winery, boats’ house and the tuff house constitute the Monte da Guia Complex, the summer residence of the Dabneys that was restored by the Faial Nature Park.

The Lira viewpoint found itself surrounded by vineyard land, protected from southwest winds by the tuff "currais" (plots) and consists of two levels of elliptical shape with a small table and benches at the top. The Dabney left Faial in 1892, leaving nearly 100 years of history and culture to its inhabitants.

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