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  • Serralves Foundation

    The Serralves Foundation (Fundação Serralves) is probably the most important cultural institution in Porto, if not Portugal.The foundation is set in parkland in the heart of Porto and is home to a contemporary art museum along with the Casa de Serralves, which is itself a fine example of Art Deco architecture.The house was commissioned by Carlos Alberto Cabral whose family had owned the park at Serralves since the early 19th century. It was designed by architect José Marques da Silva and completed in the mid-1940s

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  • Marialva Castle and Village

    The ruins of the once grand Marialva Castle (Castelo de Marialva). Dating back to the 11th century the castle here was built high up on the steep hillside overlooking the border country. From here you can clearly see the the pillory, keep, citadel and cistern.

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  • Igreja de São Vicente

    The facade of the 16th century Igreja de São Vicente (Saint Vincent Church) in Braga. The baroque styled church is the oldest in Braga and the site dates back to the Visigoths in the 7th century.

    As is often the case, the rather modest exterior does little to indicate the opulent interior with its exquisite carvings and azulejos.

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  • Portalegre Castle

    Being located on the border with Spain, Portalegre was of great strategic importance as far back as the 13th century when this castle was built. It was originally composed of 12 towers.

    photo: Portuguese Eyes

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  • Jardim do Paço Episcopal - Castelo Branco

    The Bishop's Garden in the town of Castelo Branco near the Spanish border.

    The garden was created in the 18th century for the then Bishop of Guarda, Joao de Mendonca. Constructed in the Baroque style it contains statues of allegories, kings and zodiacal signs, arranged around ponds, terraces and staircases.

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  • Monsanto Rooftops

    View out over the rooftops of the idyllic mountain village of Monsanto.

    Voted the 'most Portuguese village in Portugal' in 1938 Monsanto consists of a huddle of granite cottages amongst gigantic boulders. There is a ruined castle, and next to it, the ruin of an old chapel both of which add to the ambiance of the location.

    Photo:Mónica Pinheiro: http://monicasjeans.blogspot.com/

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  • Portalegre Rooftops

    Looking out over the rooftops of the Alto Alentejo town of Portalegre.

    photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vitor107/

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  • Jardim do Paço Episcopal

    The Garden of the Episcopal Palace in Castelo Branco - an outstanding baroque garden. It contains numerous monuments, statues, terraces and these azulejos and staircases

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  • Obidos Street

    A typical street view from the walled, medieval town of Obidos.The narrow winding streets and whitewashed houses along with hanging baskets of flowers are characteristic of the town

    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

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  • Soure Castle

    Soure Castle is was built in the 12th century as part of a network of castles to protect Coimbra from the Moors. It has been listed as a National monument since 1949.

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