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This museum was created in 1928 to house the collections of the Chapter House of N. S. da Oliveira and other churches and convents in the Guimarães region, including those items that were previously in the hands of the state. The Museum holds important collections of sculpture that cover... more

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The Archaeological Museum is housed in the lovely 16th-century Convento de Nossa Senhora da Assunção with its impressive cloisters. Here you find both Moorish and Roman artifacts (all uncovered in nearby sites), plus lovely azulejos and a nice collection of paintings.At the museum... more

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About 150m/164yd along the Rua de Souto stands the former Archbishop's Palace, the Antigo Paço Episcopal, fronting a little square with a pretty fountain (1723). The Palace is made up of three ranges of buildings dating from the 14th-17th C.; these now house the District Archives and... more

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You approach the city over the Arrabida Bridge, the youngest, longest, and westernmost of the three spectacular spans across the River Douro. The one you see to your right is the Dom Luis I, built in 1886, and beyond that is the railway bridge, Maria Pia, built ten years earlier by Gustave Eiff... more

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Across the square is the Art Museum  with one of the country’s top collections.... more

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The bustling Avenida dos Aliados runs from the Town Hall on the north to the busy Liberdade Square (the center of town) on the south. ... more

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Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor, the Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery, and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland.... more

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Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. Closed on Mondays, and on the following holidays: January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1,and December 25 Tickets: Adults: EUR 3, Combination ticket/2 Museums (Gulbenkian Museum / Modern Art Centre): EUR 5 20% discount for holders of the Lisbon Mun... more

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With a flamboyant Manueline tower and an interior with tile panels depicting the story of Adam and Eve. Casa dos Coimbras (Capela dos Coimbras) - Church A building of the sixteenth century, perhaps the last example of a House of the Wheel for abandoned children. (It functioned until 1897). Its ... more

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You can also visit Castelo Vila Viçosa where an exhibit explains the history of the hunt. The castle was the Dukes of Bragança’s residence before they built their palace.... more

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As befits the first capital of the nation, Guimarães retains one of the best-preserved castles in the country, constructed in the 10th century, but extensively restored in the 1930s. Afonso Henriques was born here in 1110, so the castle has a symbolic significance for the nation. There a... more

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At the southern end of the harbor is the old walled town and at its heart is the Cathedral (Sé), beautifully decorated with 17th-century azulejos.... more

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Lamego’s Cathedral dates back to the 12th century, but the square tower is all that remains of the original edifice—the rest was periodically remodeled in the 16th and 17th centuries. The cloisters were added in the 16th century, along with the lovely chapels of Santo Antonio and S&... more

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The most important historical monument of the city. Rich mix of architectural and artistic styles.... more

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The 13th-century Cathedral, is one of whose 16th-century towers has an intriguing tiled spire.... more

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Chapel of São Frutuoso dos Montelios, is one of Portugal’s oldest Christian monuments. Although still the subject of controversy, it was apparently built in the 7th century, partially destroyed by the Moors, and rebuilt in the 11th century, thus incorporating a mixture of Byzantine... more

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A few blocks to the west of the Liberdade Square, in the center of town, on Rua dos Clerigos is Porto’s landmark, the 75-meter Clérigos Tower,offering expansive views over the city and the river.... more

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is not to be missed with its stunning collection of royal coaches and carriages from the 16th to 19th centuries.... more

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Conimbriga, one of the most impressive Roman ruins on the peninsula, dating from the 1st to the 3rd centuries A.D. On the right after you enter are some beautifully preserved mosaic floors edged by gardens. There is also a very nice, small museum at the site containing the artifacts (jewelry, g... more

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The old Templar Castle walls surround the Convento de Cristo convent inside. Be sure to allow enough time to investigate fully the elaborate complex and its multiple cloisters The Templar church, called the rotunda, has 16 sides, in imitation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jer... more

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, one of Portugal’s most impressive national monuments, a 40,000-square-meter monastery. Built in the 18th century by King João V, it is reminiscent of the 16th-century Escorial in Spain, having been intentionally designed to surpass it in grandeur. It took some 50,000 workers 13 y... more

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Just around the corner, the Archaeological Museum is housed in the lovely 16th-century Convento de Nossa Senhora da Assunção with its impressive cloisters. Here you find both Moorish and Roman artifacts (all uncovered in nearby sites), plus lovely azulejos and a nice collecti... more

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An impressive view is yours for the picture-taking from the statue of Cristo-Rei in Almada. The bishops of Portugal built the statue in 1959 in thanks for Portugal’s non-involvement in World War II. The statue itself is not particularly interesting, but the city vista is unforgettabl... more

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opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10-12.30pm and 2-5pm. Closed on Monday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, 1st May and City Holiday (8th September). admissions: 400 Pte or 2 Euros Free on Sunday and holidays until 12.30pm. The former Episcopal Palace, which is now a... more

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Lying beyond the city’s walls, the Fortress of Nossa Senhora da Penha de França is more commonly known as the Ponta da Bandeira Fort. Built late on in the 17th century, it completed the defences of Lagos. The entranceway is by drawbridge over a moat. Given it was one of the later... more

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The Forte de Nossa Senhora da Graça on the north offers splendid views of the countryside and the Forte de Santa Luzia, on the same side of the town as the pousada of the same name, is alleged to be the best-preserved 17th-century fort in Portugal.... more

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The Guerra Junqueira Museum has an assortment of pottery and tapestries.... more

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A short distance away is the impressive Igreja do Carmo church, which houses the Chapel of the Bones, an enticingly macabre chapel entirely faced with the bones of exhumed monks! ... more

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Almansil is not worth a special visit on its own merits, but if you enjoy beautiful churches, you will find one of the loveliest in Portugal just outside the town. This 18th-century gem is the Igreja Matriz de São Lourenço which was built in tribute to São Lourenço w... more

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Just beyond the palace is the famous Jerónimos Monastery with its awe–inspiring two-story cloister with richly carved columns and beautiful decorations. King Manuel I commissioned this marvel as a gesture of gratitude for Vasco da Gama’s discovery of the route to India, which resulted in t... more

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The bustling Avenida dos Aliados runs from the Town Hall on the north to the busy Liberdade Square (the center of town) on the south. ... more

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At the edge near the Praça do Comércio is Lisbon Cathedral, a late 12th-century edifice largely restored after the earthquake. It contains several small chapels and an impressive Treasury (Tesouro... more

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At the north end of the harbor is the Maritime Museum with models of boats and ships.... more

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The Misericordia Church has a striking baroque doorway and extensive azulejo decoration.... more

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The Misericordia Church, has a striking baroque doorway and extensive azulejo decoration.... more

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Opening Times Summer (April to September) From 9.00 am to 6.00 pm Winter (October to March) From 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Closed on the following Public Holidays: January 1st, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th. Admission: Standard: € 4,5 Young people (15 to 25 years old) and pen... more

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Monastery of Santa Cruz (on the 8th of May Square), in whose church is the impressive tomb, among others, of Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal. A bit to the east of the monastery is the large, colorful central market, worth a short visit.... more

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Bom Jesus do Monte is a Portuguese sanctuary in the surroundings of the city of Braga, in northern Portugal. Its name means Good Jesus at the mountain. The Sanctuary is a notable example of pilgrimage site with a monumental, Baroque stairway that climbs 116 metres (381 feet). It is an important... more

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Walk across the grassy Praça do Império in front of the monastery where a pedestrian underpass takes you under the road and train tracks to the impressive Monument to the Discoveries where Prince Henry the Navigator stands at the prow leading a parade of world explorers. An elevator takes y... more

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The Municipal Museum is housed in an 18th-century palace and holds a fine collection of rare ceramics, furniture from Portuguese India and Moorish Spain, and archeological finds.... more

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Along the river to the west of the Praço do Comércio on the Rua das Janelas Verdes is the excellent Museu de Arte Antiga (Ancient Art). Besides a first-rate collection of Portuguese art, there are good works by Spanish, Flemish, and German artists. The gold- and silversmith work is also supe... more

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The center of a 16th-century school of painting, Viseu, boasts a good art museum: the Museu Grao Vasco. O Grao Vasco, the Great Basque (Fernandes), was one of the founders of the school. The museum is housed in a 16th-century mansion and located on the large cathedral square in the center of th... more

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Porto’s most important museum is the Museu Soares dos Reis (named for the 19th-century sculptor), housed in an 18th-century palace. It has an extensive collection of Portuguese primitives and sculpture by Soares dos Reis, among other paintings, mostly by Portuguese artists.... more

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Still today, many people call the National Archaeological Museum (MNA) “Ethnological Museum of Doutor Leite de Vasconcelos” or simply “Museum of Belém”. There are good reasons that this should be so. On the one hand, this museum was, for decades, the only institution of its type that e... more

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Machado de Castro Museum with its admirable collections of painting, sculpture, ceramics, and furniture, as well as a display of Roman antiquities. Slightly behind the museum is the old Cathedral (Se Velha), a good example of the Romanesque style from the 12th century and containing a fine Go... more

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Consisting of various bodies built during the course of successive epochs on the so-called "Chão da Oliva", the Paço da Vila de Sintra is one of the most important examples of regal architecture in Portugal and for that reason is classified as a National Monument.... more

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Farther west is the Naval Museum, which will appeal to those who enjoy historical displays of model ships.... more

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In the old quarter of Guimarães around the Largo da Oliveira is a network of ancient, picturesque streets and squares reflecting the town’s medieval past. Also there is the church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, founded in the 12th century by Afonso Henriques. It was then expanded, a... more

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Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, is an elaborate baroque sanctuary built in the 18th century and dedicated to the patron saint of Lamego. Approximately 700 stairs ascend the hillside, interrupted by landings, pavilions, statues, and fountains. If you consider hundreds of steps intimidating, note tha... more

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Partial access to disabled persons The Palace of the Dukes of Braganza (Paço dos Duques de Bragança) in Guimarães, Portugal, was probably built between 1420 and 1422, for Afonso, Count of Barcelos - bastard son of King John I of Portugal and future Duke of Bragança. ... more

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