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The Poet King

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The Poet King

Publicado em 2013-12-09

If D. Afonso Henriques is the founder of Portugal, it was the sixth King - D. Dinis - who shaped the bases that lasted for centuries. D. Dinis was born in Lisboa in 1261, and he's the first cultivated king. Unlike his predecessors, he could read and write and (...)

The Patron Saint of Lisboa

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The Patron Saint of Lisboa

Publicado em 2014-01-13

One of the best known Lisboa characters of all time is actually a synonym for party in town, portrayed as a 'miracle doer' and usually depicted with Child Jesus in his arms. Do you know who is? St. Anthony (Santo António) actually Fernando Martins de Bulhões, (...)

The 'Father' of the Discoveries

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The 'Father' of the Discoveries

Publicado em 2014-02-24

D. Henrique was the third son of D. John I and the British Philippa of Lancaster ('our' Filipa de Lencastre) and is one of the most important figures in the History of Portugal. Comparable only to Vasco da Gama, pioneer and outstanding navigator, discovered (...)

Earthquake of 1755

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Earthquake of 1755

Publicado em 2014-03-18

This event was everything but cool. A sad and unforgettable date. A tremendous earthquake in the year of 1755 almost completely destroyed Lisbon. It was followed by a mega tsunami that reached 20 meters high, which caused huge fires and killed at least 10,000 (...)

Magalhães - The Coolest Navigator Ever!

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Magalhães - The Coolest Navigator Ever!

Publicado em 2014-04-10

Who's one of the most underrated Portuguese of all time? Let's start with a few hints! There isn't a great avenue in Lisbon after his name and even his statue goes unnoticed for almost everyone. His name is a synonym for exploration, and after him, there were (...)

Poortugaal?

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Poortugaal?

Publicado em 2014-05-05

There is a 'Portugal' with brick houses, large windows, surrounding vast green spaces and bicycles circulating in the wild. Confused? But where's this Portugal? It's certainly not the one we know but it's not surprising. With another 'o' and 'a' we find Poortugaal, (...)