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Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira

This 17th-century former hunting pavilion is in the Benfica neighbourhood. Italian Renaissance influences are blended with Portuguese-inspired blue-and-white tiles throughout the palace and extraordinary gardens. Th…
Notable Building in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

Fundação José Saramago – Casa dos Bicos

The pincushion facade of Casa dos Bicos, the eccentric 16th-century abode of Afonso de Albuquerque, former viceroy to India, grabs your attention with 1125 diamond-shape spikes (bicos). The casa houses a small museu…
Notable Building in Coimbra

Paço das Escolas

The Schools Palace, the original Royal Palace, houses the university's iconic salas. Here, important traditional academic ceremonies still take place. To visit the palace, from the courtyard gate take the stairway o…
Notable Building in Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

Palácio da Assembleia da República

The columned, temple-like Palácio da Assembleia da República (Palácio de São Bento) is where Portugal’s parliament, the Assembleia da República, makes its home. It was once the enormous Benedictine Mosteiro de São B…
Architecture in Lisbon

Aqueduto das Águas Livres

The 109 arches of the Aqueduto das Águas Livres lope across the hills into Lisbon from Caneças, more than 18km away; they are most spectacular at Campolide, where the tallest arch is an incredible 65m high. Built be…
Notable Building in Coimbra

Prisão Acadêmica

Below the Biblioteca Joanina is this evocative place: a former lock-up for misbehaving students. Originally located beneath the Sala dos Capelos, the academic lock-up was later transferred back to the medieval jail …
Notable Building in Porto

Lavadouro Público

Washing machines are installed in every house, but local donas (ladies) still swear by the daily ritual of stone washtubs and good old-fashioned elbow grease at the lavadouro público (communal laundry). A blast from…
Notable Building in Guimarães

Platform for Arts and Creativity

For the 2012 European Capital of Culture the old market square was revamped into a multipurpose cultural centre inside a shimmering three-floor metallic building that looks like a bunch of stacked-up boxes. Inside i…
Notable Building in Leiria

Pharmácia Leonardo Paiva

Opposite Leiria's cathedral stands the wonderfully tiled Pharmácia Leonardo Paiva – the beautiful azulejos depict Hippocrates, Galen and Socrates. Novelist Eça de Queirós used to live in Travessa Tipografia next to …
Notable Building in Évora

Convento dos Lóios

The former Convento dos Lóios, to the right of Igreja de São João, has elegant Gothic cloisters topped by a Renaissance gallery. A national monument, the convent was converted into a top-end pousada (upmarket inn) i…