Kadoorie Synagogue in Porto

11 October 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  5 minutes

© ComunidadeIsraelitaPorto/cc-by-sa-4.0

© ComunidadeIsraelitaPorto/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Kadoorie Mekor Haim Synagogue (Portuguese: Sinagoga do Porto/Sinagoga Kadoorie Mekor Haim) is a synagogue of the Jewish community of Porto, situated in the civil parish of Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos, the municipality of Porto, in the Portuguese northern district of Porto. Constructed along the Rua Guerra Junqueiro beginning in 1929 and inaugurated in 1938, it is the largest synagogue in the Iberian Peninsula.   read more…

Theme Week Alentejo – Montemor-o-Novo

25 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

© flickr.com - Vitor Oliveira/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Vitor Oliveira/cc-by-2.0

Montemor-o-Novo is a municipality in the District of Évora in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 17,437, in an area of 1232.97 km². The city itself had a population of 8,928 in 2001.   read more…

Theme Week Alentejo – Elvas

24 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© flickr.com – xiquinhosilva/cc-by-2.0

Elvas is a Portuguese municipality, former episcopal city and frontier fortress of easternmost central Portugal, located in the district of Portalegre in Alentejo. It is situated about 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Lisbon, and about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) west of the Spanish fortress of Badajoz, by the MadridBadajozLisbon railway. The municipality population as of 2011 in an area of 631.29 square kilometres (243.74 sq mi). The city itself had a population of 16,640 as of 2011.   read more…

Theme Week Alentejo – Beja

23 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Castelo de Beja © Concierge.2C/cc-by-sa-3.0

Castelo de Beja © Concierge.2C/cc-by-sa-3.0

Beja is a city and a municipality in the Alentejo region, Portugal. The population in 2011 was 35,854, in an area of 1,146.44 km² (442.64 sq mi). The city proper had a population of 21,658 in 2001. The municipality is the capital of the Beja District. The municipal holiday is Ascension Day. The Portuguese Air Force has an airbase in the area – the Air Base No. 11.   read more…

Theme Week Alentejo – Mértola

22 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

© Vitor Oliveira/cc-by-2.5

© Vitor Oliveira/cc-by-2.5

Mértola is a municipality in southeastern Portuguese Alentejo near the Spanish border. In 2011, the population was 7,274, in an area of approximately 1,292.87 square kilometres (499.18 sq mi): it is the sixth-largest municipality in Portugal. Meanwhile, it is the second-lowest population centre by density with approximately 5.62 persons/1 square kilometre (0.39 sq mi) (second to the adjacent Alcoutim).   read more…

Theme Week Alentejo – Portalegre

21 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Palácio dos Condes de Avillez © F nando/cc-by-sa-3.0

Palácio dos Condes de Avillez © F nando/cc-by-sa-3.0

Portalegre is a municipality in Portugal. The population as of 2011 was 22,368, in an area of 447.14 square kilometres (172.64 sq mi). The municipality is located by the Serra de São Mamede in the Portalegre District. Its name comes from the Latin Portus Alacer (meaning “cheerful port”). The municipal holiday is 23 May. According to the 2001 census the city of Portalegre had 15,768 inhabitants in its two parishes (Sé and São Lourenço). These two parishes, plus the eight rural parishes, had a total of 25,608 inhabitants. The current mayor is Adelaide Teixeira, who was elected as an independent.   read more…

Theme Week Alentejo

20 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

Évora's historic downtown © Bunks/cc-by-3.0

Évora’s historic downtown © Bunks/cc-by-3.0

Alentejo Region, a historical and cultural rich region, is one of the seven NUTS 2 regions of Portugal. It covers all of the historical Alentejo Province and part of the historical Ribatejo and Estremadura provinces. The the largest city and capital is Évora.   read more…

University of Coimbra

4 October 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  7 minutes

The Joanine Library © Alvesgaspar/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Joanine Library © Alvesgaspar/cc-by-sa-3.0

The University of Coimbra (UC; Portuguese: Universidade de Coimbra) is a public research university in Coimbra, Portugal. First established in Lisbon in 1290, it went through a number of relocations until moving permanently to Coimbra in 1537. The university is among the oldest universities in continuous operation in the world, the oldest in Portugal, and played an influential role in the development of higher education in the Portuguese-speaking world. In 2013, UNESCO declared the university a World Heritage Site, noting its architecture, unique culture and traditions, and historical role.   read more…

Macaronesia in the Atlantic Ocean

31 December 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

Cámara de Lobos, Madeira © Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cámara de Lobos, Madeira © Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez/cc-by-sa-4.0

Macaronesia is a collection of four volcanic archipelagos in the North Atlantic Ocean, off the coasts of the continents of Africa and Europe. Each archipelago is made up of a number of Atlantic oceanic islands, which are formed by seamounts on the ocean floor and have peaks above the ocean’s surface. Some of the Macaronesian islands belong to Portugal, some belong to Spain, and the rest belong to Cape Verde. Politically, the islands belonging to Portugal and Spain are part of the European Union. Geologically, Macaronesia is part of the African tectonic plate. Some of its islands – the Azores – are situated along the edge of that plate at the point where it abuts the Eurasian and North American plates. Macaronesia consists of four main archipelagos. From north to south, these are: the Azores, an Autonomous Region of Portugal, Madeira (also including the Savage Islands), an Autonomous Region of Portugal, the Canary Islands, an Autonomous Community of Spain and Cape Verde, an independent West African country.   read more…

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