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  • Alegrete Castle - Alegrete, Portalegre
    Alegrete Castle - Alegrete, Portalegre
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    Alegrete Castle - Alegrete, Portalegre
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    Alegrete Castle - Alegrete, Portalegre
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    Old Town

    by solopes Updated Jun 3, 2012
    Portalegre - Portugal

    Walking in the old town is a nice and relaxing experience. The city shows the transition between Alentejo and Beira, with stone added to the white walls , but in a lighter way than in the north.

    Several palaces and churches may be seen, along the narrow cobblestone streets.

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    Portas de Alegrete

    by hojasdehierba Written Nov 16, 2005

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    Portalegre was a fortified city: it had a double wall, with twelve towers and seven gates which are supposed to have been ordered by King Don Dinis, in XIII-XIVth century. Some of the gates doesn't exist presently. But this one remains almost untouched. It allows to enter to Praça da Republica.

    Portalegre era una ciudad fortificada: tenia doble muralla con doce torres y siete puertas, que se supone que fueron encargadas por el rey Don Dinis entre el siglo XIII-XIV. Algunas de las puertas no existen en la actualidad, pero esta permanece casi intacta. Permite la entrada a la Plaza de la Republica

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    Palacio Amarelo

    by hojasdehierba Written Nov 16, 2005

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    Beautiful palace, built between XVIIth and XIXth century. The ironwork of the balconies and windows is what remains from the original building. It's a pity that it is not better preserved: too many dampness spots on its walls...

    Bonito palacio, construido entre los siglos XVII y XIX. La forja de sus balcones y ventanas es lo que queda del edificio original. Es una pena que no esté mejor conservado: demasiadas manchas de humedad en las paredes

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    Coat of arms

    by salinhopt Written Mar 10, 2004

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    Portalegre - Coat of arms

    The Mercy hospital has a wonderfull Coat of arms of the region. The first documented portuguese coat of arms goes back to the first half of the eleventh century, at the time of Sancho I and Sancho II. It was silver, charged by five blue escutcheons disposed in the form of a cross; the points of the side ones pointing toward the center.

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    Mercy Hospital

    by salinhopt Updated Mar 10, 2004

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    Portalegre - Mercy Hospital

    This building was considered by local authorities as local interest building. Built in the XVIth century, the hospital was before the Mercy Saint House of Portalegre. The architecture has rococo, barroque and manueline (Portuguese style) features and it's worth your visit.

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    Guy Fino Carpet Museum

    by salinhopt Written Mar 9, 2004

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    Portalegre - Guy Fino Carpet Museum

    This museum, dedicated to Carpet Weaving in Portalegre, was set up by the Municipal Council. The city gained these facilities designed to present, preserve and study this unique form of craftsmanship as well as pay homage to the work of Guy Fino, founder of the Portalegre Carpet Manufacturing.

    The former Castelo-Branco residence was converted in an innovative and harmonious architectural fashion. The project was supported by the Portuguese Institute of Museums and Portalegre Manufacturing that donated a significant part of the collection. In addition to regular exhibits, the museum puts on temporary exhibitions along themes such as carpet weaving or design having effectively become a museum for contemporary art. Currently, there is the "From Ordering to Artistic Work", that highlights the development of artistic craft skills at Portalegre Manufacturing from its earliest days.

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    Inside the Cathedral

    by salinhopt Written Mar 9, 2004

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    Portalegre - Cathedral

    In the main chapel, note the work of the sculptor and engraver Gaspar Coelho and painters Francisco Venegas, Fernao Gomes and Simao Rodrigues. The remaining paintings in the church are attribute to the Portalegre School, Cristovao Vaz de Lisboa, Diogo Teixeira, Pedro Alvares Pereira de Coimbra and the Espanhola School. In the Cathedral, it is also possible to tour the sacristy with its 18th century tiles (depicting the "Flight to Egypt") and interesting vaulted arches and the cloister, completed in the 18th century.

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    Castle Walls

    by salinhopt Written Mar 9, 2004

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    Portalegre - Castle

    Perched on the city´s highest point, Portalegre Castle is proof of the position´s strategic importance so close to Spain. With little prior documentation surviving, it is known that the defensive system was overhauled by king Dinis, at the end of the 13th and the beginning of the 14th century when the city again became a royal possession. It was made up of the inner courtyard and a double wall with twelve towers and seven gates. Remaining of those walls there are what are now the Alegrete, Crato (near the Se) and Devesa Gateways.

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    Cathedral

    by salinhopt Written Mar 9, 2004

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    Portalegre - Cathedral

    The renaissance style church underwent modifications between 1737 and 1798. These were baroque in style as can be seen by the fa?ade and especially the stonework of the porticoes and the bell towers. On the inside, there are 17th century tile panels and a notable collection of Mannerist paintings, unique to Portugal. Ninety-six paintings make up the retables on the main altar and lateral chapels featuring the work of various Portuguese artists from the 16th and 17th centuries for the Portalegre Cathedral.

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    Republic square

    by solopes Updated Mar 7, 2013
    Portalegre - Portugal

    Main square in the old quarter, compensates in personality what it misses in commercial use and life.

    A few small places, with the slow Alentejo's pace. City Hall dominates the square.

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    Alegrete Castle

    by J_Antunes Written Jan 1, 2013
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    In the small town of Alegrete the castle is today a bit ruined, but has beautiful views over the natural park. It dates back to the XIV century.

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    Historical Center of Alegrete

    by J_Antunes Written Dec 30, 2012
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    Alegrete, a small town that belongs to Portalegre city council, has a beatiful historical center composed by a few streets, a XVI century church and a XVII century watch tower.

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Dec 30, 2012
    Portalegre - Portugal

    Started in the 16th century, the final version was only completed in the 18th.

    Interesting, but not remarkable.

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    Flower watching...By the way,...

    by acilina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Flower watching...
    By the way, if you wash your hair with a tea made with these ones, it will turn blond

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