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View of the old quarter in the small town of Pinhel. The town is set in fairly remote mountainous terrain at the head of the Coa Valley. The castle here was once strategically important.

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Silves Castle

View up to the Moorish castle which overlooks the Algarve town of Silves.

This large castle is said to be the best example of a Moorish castle to be found in Portuga.

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Monserrate Palace

The Monserrate Palace in Sintra is was built for Francis Cook, Viscount Monserrate in 1858.

The Romantic-Orientalist style owes something to Brighton Pavilion. That was built by John Nash, the Monserrate Palace is the work of James Knowles Jr.

Within architectural context of Sintra the palace is perfectly at home.

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Alcobaca Monastery

The monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaça is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Built in the 12th-13th centuries this was the first example of Gothic architecture in Portugal and for many years the largest church.

Within the monastery are the exquisitely carved tombs of King Pedro I and his lover Ines de Castro who was brutally murdered by order of Pedro's father.

Within the complex are arefectory, dormitory, chapter-house, cloisters, and huge kitchen.

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Viseu Cathedral (Se) Cloisters

The commanding site of the city's fine Romanesque / Gothic cathedral dates back to 830 AD.

Built largely in the 13th century, after many restorations there is little resemblance to the original building.

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Costa Nova - Aveiro

Candy-striped houses in the beach resort of Costa Nova near Aveiro. These little beach huts are known as palheiros and whilst most are used as holiday homes some are permanent residences.

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Marvão Castle

Set high on the serra of Alto Alentejo near the border with Spain is the tiny village of Marvão with its 13th century castle.

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Marques de Pombal - Lisbon

The 36 metre tall column and statue of the Marques de Pombal at the head of Avenida da Liberdade (Lisbon's main thoroughfare) Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, to give him his full name was responsible for much of the rebuilding of Lisbon (and Portugal) after the 1755 earthquake

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Capelas Imperfeitas - Batalha Monastery

The Capelas Imperfeitas (Unfinsihed Chapels) which are attached to the Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória in Batalha. However, they cannot be accessed form the main monastery.

The chapel was built as a mausoleum in the 15th century and were a farily plain affair. During the reign of Manuel they were decorated with unrivaled enthusiasm and seemingly unlimited funds

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