Every guidebook to Portugal says that the great abbey at Batalha is not to be missed, an architectural masterpiece that commemorates a military victory in 1385. That is not 100 true. Yes, the great abbey began as the fulfillment of a vow on the eve of battle, but it ended up being something totally different than was intended.
Where once safes full of money were, now rises in what remains of an ancient altar. Where previously cars were parked, is now a restored 18th century church. Opening in Lisbon on April 20th...
Once upon a time, in a remote Portuguese village, lived a young woman, named Mariana, who wanted to get married at an early age...
The hunt for chocolate eggs, eating “folar” and offering almonds… That’s how Portuguese enjoy Easter. And, if you travel to historic Portuguese villages you can take part in centuries-old traditions. The Enterro do Bacalhau (Cod Burying) and Queima do Judas (Burning Judas), are two of them that would make the Easter Bunny hop a bit faster.
The Castelo de Almourol, in Vila Nova da Barquinha, reopened earlier this month after the completion of the monument transformation. The castle is now facing a new “battle”.
As the holidays approach, Portuguese cities are bright for the season, with festive lights in the central shopping areas, and giant light trees in the main squares
In Portugal at Easter many centuries-old traditions are held throughout the country, two particularly traditional events are the processions of holy week in Braga and holy week in Castelo de Vide The former displays rigorous observance of Christian ritual, while the other is of Christian expression influenced by Jewish culture.
The Isaac Cardoso Interpretation Centre was designed by Portuguese architects Gonçalo Byrne and José Laranjeira. Named after the doctor Isaac Cardoso, who lived in the 17th century in Trancoso, this Centre pays tribute to his work of preservation of the Jewish past.
The king D. Dinis (1261-1325) was a renaissance king long before the Renaissance. He was the first European leader to drop Latin as the language of the court in place of vernacular tongue. He empowered dozens of towns with charters, built a string of innovative castles to defend the frontiers, invested in improving agriculture, and planted a vast pine forest near the royal palace in Leiria that still stands to this day. But a great king deserves a great queen, and D. Dinis was to wed a princess from Aragon, whom he had never met.
Portugal’s Sanctuary of Fátima is a symbol of the Virgin Mary and one of the world's most important religious sites. A major tourist attraction for pilgrims from all over the world that come here every year, especially between May and October.