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2018/07/18

World Heritage in Portugal: 22 UNESCO classifications for discover

Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória - Batalha

The 22 classifications in Portugal portray the history and culture of the country, its people and the peoples that have inhabited the land since time immemorial.

The Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha, the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Belém Tower in Lisbon, owe their ranking to their historical and artistic importance.

The historical centres of Guimarães, Porto, Évora and Angra do Heroísmo are also classified, and there are many other monuments and architectural elements worthy of note, such as the University of Coimbra and other classified areas of the city, or like the fortifications of Elvas. It is important also to refer the Cultural Landscapes of the Alto Douro Wine Region, Sintra and the Vineyards of the Island of Pico, in the Azores.

Mosteiro de Alcobaça
It remains to mention the archaeological interest of the rock engravings of Vale do Coa and the exuberance of the FlorestaLaurissilva da Madeira (laurel forest of Madeira).

The list is completed with icons that express a way of being and how to be a people in their times of celebration, Fado, the CanteAlentejano [Alentejo singing] and the Mediterranean diet. And yet, with arts and crafts that unite Intangible Cultural Heritage, such as the manufacture of rattles, in Alentejo, the Manufacture of Black Pottery in Bisalhães, in the municipality of Vila Real, the Arte da Falcoaria Real (Royal Falconry art), still preserved in Salvaterra de Magos and the manufacture of clay dolls in Estremoz.

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