1. The medieval town of Guimarães is considered the “cradle of Portugal” because it is where Afonso Henriques, the first independent king of Portugal, was born in 1110. Guimarães castle was built in the 10th century, and was extended in the 12th century by Afonso Henriques, who was baptised in the small Romanesque chapel next to the castle.

    I made this movie from still images taken on a visit in June 2015, when preparations were underway for a medieval festival near the castle.

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  2. Porto, located on the Douro River estuary, is the second largest city in Portugal. The sights of the city include baroque churches; the São Bento railway station, built in 1916, with tile panels depicting the history of Portugal; and the beautiful Lello & Irmão Bookshop, built in 1906. A funicular railway runs down a steep cliff from central Porto to the quayside on the river. Along the opposite bank of the river are port wine cellars, which can be accessed by a cable car from the upper part of the Vila Nova de Gaia.

    I made this movie from still images taken on a visit in June 2015.

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  3. Coimbra, a romantic city of medieval churches, is situated on the banks of the Mondego River. Coimbra was the capital of Portugal from 1143 to 1255, and the city is famed for its historic hilltop university, which was founded in 1290. The Monastery of Santa Cruz houses the tombs of the first two kings of Portugal.

    I made this movie from still images taken on a visit in June 2015.

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  4. Conímbriga is an extensive ancient Roman city about 16km from Coimbra in Portugal. The city walls are largely intact, as well as the foundations of houses, with many well preserved and intricately patterned mosaic floors. A museum on the site houses finds from ongoing archaeological excavations. I made this movie from still images taken on a visit in June 2015.

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  5. Building of the Batalha Monastery (Monastery of the Battle) in central Portugal began in 1388 in commemoration of victory at the Battle of Aljubarrota, which resulted in the independence of Portugal from Spain. Constructed in fine limestone in the Portuguese Gothic and Manueline styles, building was finally completed in 1521. The Founder’s Chapel inside the entrance contains the tombs of King John I and his wife Philippa of Lancaster, with the tomb of their famous son, Prince Henry the Navigator, nearby.
    I made this movie from still images taken on a visit in June 2015.

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