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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."



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