Portugal's UNESCO World Heritage Sites


 

Portugal is the country with the largest number of monuments in the world, classified as World Heritage Sites, which demonstrates the breadth of its worldwide presence. The Portuguese monuments can be found throughout the world, which shows the size and influence of the Portuguese presence on a global scale. Make the sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, a pretext to visit our country.

Beautiful landscapes and unique historical monuments in the world await your visit …

 

 

 

Locations of World Heritage Sites within the mainland of Portugal: 

 

Sintra

In addition to the Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, the parishes of the town of Sintra are dotted by royal retreats, estates, castles and buildings from the 8th-9th century, in addition to many buildings completed between the 15th and 19th century, including the Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace.

Bélem Tower

Played a significant role in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries. The tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defence system at the mouth of the Tagus River and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. The tower was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style. Download guide. 

Jéronimos Monestary

One of the most prominent monuments of the Manueline – style architecture in Portugal. A richly ornate architectural design that includes complex sculptural themes incorporating maritime elements and objects discovered during naval expeditions, carved in limestone. Download guide.

Batalha Monastery

It was erected in commemoration of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota, and would serve as the burial church of the 15th-Century Aviz dynasty of Portuguese royals. It is one of the best and original examples of Late Gothic architecture in Portugal, intermingled with the Manueline style.  Download guide.

Évora

Évora has a history dating back more than two millennia. A very well-preserved old town centre, still partially enclosed by medieval walls, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple, make it a place to visit.

Alcobaça Monastary

Founded by the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques, in 1153, and maintained a close association with the Kings of Portugal throughout its history. The church and monastery were the first Gothic buildings in Portugal, and it was one of the most important of the mediaeval monasteries in Portugal. Download guide.

Douro Vineyards

Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for some 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its main product, port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution.

Christ Convent

Religious and Roman Catholic building, originally a Templar stronghold built in the 12th century. After the Order of the Knights Templar was dissolved in the 14th century, the Portuguese branch of the order was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ, which supported Portugal’s maritime discoveries of the 15th century. This Convent is one of Portugal’s most important historical and artistic monuments. Download guide.

Oporto historical centre

Among the architectural highlights of the city, Oporto Cathedral is the oldest surviving structure, together with the small Romanesque Church of Cedofeita, the gothic Igreja de São Francisco, the remnants of the city walls and a few 15th-century houses. The baroque style is well represented in the city in the elaborate gilt work interior decoration of the churches of St. Francis and St. Claire, the churches of Mercy and of the Clerics, the Episcopal Palace of Porto, and others.

Guimarães

Historically associated with the foundation and identity of the Portuguese nationality. In 1128, major political and military events that would lead to the independence and the birth of a new nation took place in Guimarães. For this reason, in one of the old towers of the city’s old wall it is written ” Aqui nasceu Portugal ” (Portugal was born here).

Vale do Côa prehistoric art

Along the Côa river margins, we find the most well-preserved collection of open-air Paleolithic art in the Iberian peninsula.

Elvas

As one of the greatest and most heavily fortified frontier towns in Europe, Elvas contains remains dating back to the 10th century.

 

 

 

 

Useful downloads/brochures:

 

Guide to Portugal's Heritage Sites

Many of the key events surrounding the birth of Portugal – the country with the oldest borders in Europe – are associated to this zone. The region has a rich history and brims with a plethora of myths and legends. Its exceptional importance – the theme underlying these routes – is demonstrated by the fact that it houses three of Portugal’s most important UNESCO World Heritage monuments, in an area spanning little over 90km2.

 

Heritage - Portugal

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