Jardim da Manga


This small square, formerly part of the cloister of the Mosteiro de Santa Cruz, is dominated by its monumental centrepiece: a lemon-yellow, four-buttressed fountain that symbolises the source of life. An early example of Renaissance architecture in Portugal, it owes its name to a legend that King Joao III sketched its design on his sleeve (manga in Portuguese).

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3. Palácio de Sub Ripas

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5. Arco de Almedina

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6. Sé Velha

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7. Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro


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