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Architecture of Portugal

01 October 2009

1110 – Cathedral, Porto

The current Cathedral of Porto underwent construction around 1110 under the patronage of Bishop Hugo and was completed in the 13th century. The cathedral is flanked by two square towers, each supported with...

02 October 2009

1147 – Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa Cathedral, Lisbon

Lisbon’s cathedral, called the Sé Patriarchal, is one of the largest constructions of Romanesque origin in Portugal. The Portuguese word Sé, meaning cathedral, comes from the word sede meaning bishop’s seat. The origins...

01 October 2009

1260s – Cathedral, Faro, Portugal

The main chapel boasts a fine altar, throne and two Italian canvasses. The two side chapels are among the best examples of baroque carving in the Algarve. The walls and altar of the...

02 October 2009

1300 – Castle of Sao Jorge, Lisbon

The Castelo de Sao Jorge stands above the center of Lisbon to the east. The origins of this former fortress date back to an Iron Age settlement on this site, which was occupied...

02 October 2009

1515 – Belém Tower, Lisbon

Architect: Francisco de Arruda The Torré de Belém stands on the bank of the Tagus where it widens into a large bay. Originally conceived as a lighthouse and simultaneously a defensive fortress for...

02 October 2009

1572 – Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon

Architect: Diogo de Boytaca / Joao de Castilho Parallel to the bank of the Tagus and measuring almost 300m, stands one of Portugal’s most famous buildings, the former Hieronymite Convent. The convent complex...

01 October 2009

1755 – Misericordia Church and Hospital, Faro, Portugal

Architect: Francisco Xavier Fabri The church. with its adjoining hospital, was built at the end of the 16th century at the instigation of Bishop Afonso Castelo Branco, over the old Manueline Espirito Santo...

02 October 2009

1775 – King José I Monument, Lisbon

Architect: Machado de Castro

02 October 2009

1775 – Praça do Comércio, Lisbon

Architect: Eugénio dos Santos / Veríssimo da Costa The royal palace Paço da Ribeira, into which Manuel I moved in the 16th C. from the Castle of Sà£o Jorge, stood on this site...

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