Did you know that over a hundred years ago, Sorède was a pioneer village where solar energy was concerned?

In 1900, Portuguese physicist, Manuel Antonio Gomes, known as Padre Himalaya because of his height, set up one of the first solar furnaces in the world, not far from the Chateau d’Ultrera.

Using mules, he hoiked all the necessary equipment to the top of the village, where he built a satellite dish 7 metres in diameter, of which the circular rail still remains to this day.

Sorède is now planning to build a giant sundial in the heart of the village, at a cost of 35000 euros, which will be visible from a distance and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

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