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You think guides and internet research can help you discover Portugal’s attractions? Think again. It may not be featured in Portugal’s touristic attractions, but chances are, you will be been stepping on a piece of art from the moment your feet hit Portuguese ground.

Traditional Portuguese pavement is regarded by many as an art form. It is unique in its style and a reflection of the country where it was invented. Through the Portuguese colonial empire it would leave its mark on several parts of the world.

The first-ever reference made to this striking pavement can be found in ...continue reading

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It may not be its official name, but Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Monastery of the Hieronymites) is one of the greatest monuments ever built during the former Portuguese Empire. Powered by the spice trade and the ambition of a King looking for an architectural legacy to leave behind, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a tribute to the influx of wealth that Portugal experienced during the 15th and 16th centuries. Don’t forget to pay it a visit during your next Lisbon vacations.

This large building (its facade is over 300 meters long) started to come to life in 1502. Still standing today, it survived the ...continue reading