Portugal is a country with a long History. In the past many civilizations came and lived in this territory, all of them left their mark. They built castles, palaces, towns and cities. Before this the prehistoric Man had already molded the Portuguese landscape.
Mateus Palace is one of the finest examples of lay baroque architecture in Portugal. The palace is attributed to the Italian architect, Nicola Nasoni and is built on the road that links Vila Real to Sabrosa.
Viseu Cathedral (also known as Sé de Viseu) is the bishopric seat of the city of Viseu, in Portugal. The church started being built in the 12th century and is the most important historical monument of the town. It is currently a mix of architectural styles, especially from the Manueline, Renaissance and Mannerist periods.
The mediaeval Guarda Cathedral (also known as Sé da Guarda) is the main attraction of the city of Guarda, in Northeastern Portugal. Its construction took from 1390 until the mid 16th century, combining Gothic and Manueline styles.
University of Coimbra , the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world and one of the oldest in Europe. It attracts visitors from around the world due to its monumental buildings and history, making the city an important touristic destination.
The construction of the Leiria Castle was ordered by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, as way of establish a defensive line against the Moors, yet the wars with Galicia gave some advantage to the Moors and, for two times, they were able to take over Leiria.
The construction of the Castelo Branco Castle is attributed to the Templar Military Order, around the year 1220, which received these lands from the first Portuguese king, D. Afonso Henriques, after its conquest from the Arabs.
This fortress was part of the so called “Tejo river defensive line”, from which also were part the lovely Almourol Castle, the Monsanto Castle, the Tomar Castle and the Zêzere Castle.
The Convent of the Order of Christ (Convento de Cristo), in Tomar, Portugal, was originally a Templar stronghold built in the 12th century. The Convent of Christ of Tomar is one of Portugal's most important historical and artistic monuments and has been in the World Heritage list of UNESCO since 1983.
Temple of Diana , dating from the 2nd century, is one of the Iberian Peninsula's best preserved Roman monuments, raised on a 3m high stone platform, with 14 of the original 18 granite Corinthian columns still standing.
Beja Castle , while resting on Roman fortifications, was rebuilt by king Dinis in 1310. During the 16th century, certain improvements were carried out resulting in the Manueline features that can be seen, for example, in the twinned tower windows that look out onto the Praça de Armas, the entrance to the castle.
Tower of Belém , built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition, is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world. The tower was built in the early sixteenth century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles.
Carmo Church was built during the 18th century (called as Igreja do Carmo). Some of the remarkable parts of the church are the outside section where there are the imposing façade and the twin bell towers of the church. The inside section of the church is dominated by Algarvean Baroque style.