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    City Hall - Gondomar
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    John Paul II square - Gondomar
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    Municipal auditorium - Gondomar
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    Municipal Library - Gondomar

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014

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    "Think big" was the rule for Portuguese politicians, while investing some other's money in their show-off. The invoice is coming now!

    The small city of Gondomar is a good example, with a large herd of white elephants. One of the biggest must be this huge library, built in 2005, with, I guess, a separated room for each reader.

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    Gondomar

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014

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    Gondomar was always known as the goldsmiths' city. With a special technique to produce gold and silver lace, and a few typical designs, they conquered a great reputation all over the country and abroad. I visited Gondomar for the first time for a meeting in the goldsmiths' training center, and could see the careful investment done developing their skills.

    A monument to the goldsmith, is so inevitable as fair. I am not competent to judge the monument, conceived by a local young artist, but I like it.

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    Municipal auditorium - Gondomar

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014

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    I was imagining what should have been the total cost of the multi-use pavilion, planned by one of the most distinguished Portuguese architects - Siza Vieira, when I saw the municipal auditorium, that, though a few hundred meters apart, looks like matching the pavilion's plan. I couldn't find when and how it was planned and built, but it is for sure recent and... expensive, of course, with its 262 seats.

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    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014

    Favorite thing: It's easy to understand how Gondomar grew in recent days. If not in size, or population, at least improving and modernizing its resources. It's possible to see in town contrast between the images of a modern metropolis, and the signs of the small, almost rural old city.
    Which one is the most accurate image? Which one is the real Gondomar? Maybe both, as a result of a very dynamic development process

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