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  • Beja

    View out over the city of Beja in the heart of the Alentejo. This is the old town from the tower of the 13th century castle (Torre de Menagem). Just beyond the castle walls is the cathedral (Se)

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  • Forte de São João Baptista das Berlengas‎

    The Forte de São João Baptista is set on a rocky islet just off the Ilha de Berlenga, which itself is set just off the coast of Peniche. This 17th century fort was built to prevent the strategically important islands being occupied by North African pirates, or worse, the Spanish.

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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 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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  • Palacio da Bolsa interior

    The fantastically ornate interior of the Arab Room in Porto's Palacio da Bolsa. The building was built in the 19th century as the city's stock exchange. Having such an extravagant interior was supposed to lend an air of credibility to the city as a European centre of investment.

    Now-a-days the Palacio da Bolsa is no longer the stock market and the Rab room is used for receiving heads of states and other visiting dignitaries in Porto.

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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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