Arts, Culture and Heritage
Thursday, 03 March 2011 00:00
The ancient city of Guimarães in Portugal's northern Minho region will take center stage next year as Europe's Capital of Culture, along with the Slovenian city of Maribor. More than 41 million euros have been invested in the event's program, plus a further 70 million euros for local urban development. Celebrated as the cradle of the Portuguese nation, Guimarães played an important role in many of the events that led to the country's independence, as well as witnessing the birth of the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques I. As well, the distinctive outline of the 10th-century castle, the city's most important tourist attraction, appears on the Portuguese coat of arms.
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 00:00
Every year the ancient
One of the most symbolic traditions of Monsanto is the Festival of the Holy Cross, held in May, to commemorate the resistance to a long history of sieges: the women carry to the top of the castle typical rag-dolls (known as "marafonas") and clay jars, full of flowers, are thrown from the walls. The festival dates back to 2nd century BC when Roman troops had the population of the village besieged in the castle for six years. Out of food, the population tossed the last of its supplies from the walls to show the Roman’s that they had plenty more, or to tried to fool them into thinking that was the case- and it worked!
In 1938 Monsanto was voted the "most Portuguese village in
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 00:00
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 00:00CSO’2011 International Conference, an event which will turn Lisbon into a hub for professional artists and creators specializing in a range of visual arts disciplines. Scheduled for April 2011 at the Fine Arts School at the University of Lisbon, the congress will centre on artists’ interpretation of their colleagues’ work. The meeting will focus on the work of the Iberian artistic community, with Portuguese, Spanish, Galician and Catalan being the main languages spoken.
Saturday, 12 February 2011 00:00
The Gulbenkian Foundation that now enjoys the status of national monument is leading architectural work both nationally and internationally. A Valmor Award winner in 1975, it was designed by architects Ruy Athouguia, Alberto Pessoa, Pedro Cid, Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles Barreto, and Antonio Viana. The Sagrado Coração de Jesus Church, on Avenida da Liberdade, is a landmark building of 20th century Portuguese architecture and Valmor Architectural Award winner in 1975. The Science Faculty Botanical Gardens is known for its development and teaching of natural sciences, especially botany. Opened in 1878, this garden features several tropical species, from New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan and South America, hosting one of the most valuable collections of botanical species in Portugal. The Battle of Aljubarrota, fought between the Portuguese and Spaniards on a plateau between Boutaca Bridge, in the Batalha municipality to the north, and Chão da Feira, Porto de Mos municipality to the south, represents a decisive moment in Portugal's affirmation as an independent kingdom
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