Discover Center Portugal

Discover Portugal

Discover Portugal from “Portas do Rodão” to the heart of Serra da Gardunha: The Blossom Cherries.
This route offers us an experience of scenic value, not only of  whims and strength of nature, but also of man’s persistence in preserving traditions of ancient times. After quartzite mountains and the hardness of granite, we are dazzled by the beauty and fragility of cherry blossom.

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Lisbon in Black and White

The traveller who sees Lisbon in black and white for the first time is surprised by the diversity of the city’s urban structure and its colourfulness. The white of the “Moorish” quarters, the ochre yellow of the Pombaline city, the countless facades of the tiled buildings, the light of the Tagus and, a brand image of Portugal, the Portuguese cobblestone.

“(…) We spend years going through things, looking at things we do not see, of which we are not even aware that they exist, until one day when we learn to see and it becomes light… that is, color!”

Professor Architect José Aguiar

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Jewish Lisbon

Lisbon Jewish heritage is part of Lisbon’s identity.

In the Middle Ages, Jews played an important role in the administration of the kingdom, in urban evolution and in the commercial business of the city. Lisbon had four Jewish Quarters and many families lived outside the areas assigned to the Jews, a sign of the population dimension that the community reached in the 15th century.

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Rural Jewish Communities

The rural Jewish communities in Portugal were very important for the Portuguese Jewish history. Some of these Jewish communities reaches back over the XIV Century. With the expulsion of  the Jews from Spain in 1492, some of them came to these lands in Beira interior. This is the reason why rural Jewish communities in Portugal became so important, not only because of the culture, or financial value, but for a much more important reason, to be able to position themselves as Jewish and to preserve their Jewish identity.

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