Embassy of Portugal in Italy

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Portland of Portugal

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"In Portugal’s second most populous city, medieval townhouses stack up beside the Douro River like Legos, and churches wear their blue-and-white azulejo tiles outside as well as in. Settled by the Romans, and famous for its port wines, which became a favored export to England via the 1703 Methuen Treaty, Porto was a lucky beneficiary of its country’s vast, centuries-spanning empire — look to the Baroque, blinding-gilt interior of the Church of São Francisco for evidence. Its riverside location made it an important industrial center in the 1700s and 1800s."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/10/t-magazine/travel/porto-portugal-hotels-galleries-restaurants.html?smid=fb-share&_r=1

 

See also " 36 Hours in Porto, Portugal": 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/28/travel/what-to-do-in-36-hours-in-porto-portugal.html?smid=fb-share3

 

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