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Viseu - city in the mountains of the Dão River Valley

Viseu is a city in the mountains of the Dão River Valley in the Centro region of Portugal. The name “Viseu” comes from "visa"-  or with a good view in Latin, as the city began as a Roman settlement, and was highest place to live.


Local legend Viriato, who has a statue in the city today, was a hard shelled Lusitania who lead a fierce resistance to the Romans here. And, Viseu was the birthplace of one of the greatest Portuguese painters - Vasco Fernandes (1475-1540), best known as Grão Vasco. He gave his name to a museum that houses many  of his best paintings, not to mention a hotel, a school, and even a brand of wine. The museum, installed in the old bishop's palace, also has the works  of other painters of the period known as the School of Viseu. 

The Granite City is rich in palaces, historic buildings, and churches. In addition to the cathedral there are six major churches, four chapels, two convents, and the bishop's palace. Remnants of the ancient walls still protect the oldest part of Viseu. The city's gothic cathedral dates from 830 AD.



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