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Culture

The culture of any country can be summarized by the food, religion, ethnicity and origin of the people.

Located in southwestern Europe, Portugal was founded in 1139. It received its name from the Portus Cale – the name baptized to a location near the Douro River, which today is known as Porto. Portugal is part of the Iberian Peninsula, which has been inhabited for the last 30,000 years. The earliest evidence of human habitation is said to be the ancient Palaeolithic inscriptions near Vila Nova de Foz Côa in the Alto Douro.

Today, the majority of Portugal’s population is Roman Catholic.  The traditional importance of Roman Catholicism in the lives of the Portuguese is evident in the physical organization of almost every village in the country. The churches are in prominent locations, either on the main square or on a hilltop overlooking the villages.

The Age of Discovery is the most important phase for Portugal. The Portuguese have always been travellers, explores and wanderers. Therefore, the national flag adorns the symbol of an ancient device that was liked to astronomy (the armillary sphere). This was used for navigation purposes, and hence is the perfect symbol to depict the years of Portuguese exploration.

The Azulejos, the founding pillar of Portuguese architecture, played a part in the country’s culture. Originally introduced by the Moors, these beautiful ceramic tiles are commonly found in churches, houses and other buildings.

Portugal has a number of popular destinations, with the most popular cities being Lisbon and Porto. While Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, is known for its gothic architecture and glamour, the coastal city of Porto is famous for its port wine. Both have an extensive history, delicious cuisine and much to see and do.

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