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Coimbra is a historical city in the center of Portugal with arguably the strongest university tradition in the country. Its university is one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded in 1290, inicially in Lisbon, but it was moved to Coimbra soon after. The city itself is quite beautiful, with lots to see and to do. The historical university buildings have some magnificent rooms, namely a baroque library which is truly a masterpiece. But the traditions (the "Fado" music, the student's ceremonies) together with the old town ambience make this city unique and well worth a visit and, who knows, the inscription in the World Heritage list!

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Town of Marvao and the craggy mountain on which it is located (T) Daniel Campos

Marvão is a unique and beautiful small town near the portuguese border. It's located on the top of a tall hill from where we can have a breathtaking view over its surroundings. The whole town is surrounded by strong walls and ramparts. In its interior, all the streets are virtually unchanged since medieval times, and we can see lots of gothic architecture in its houses and facades. The castle is probably the town's highlight: a huge fortress with a moorish cistern and great views over the town itself and the surroundings. It's well worth a visit and it's a unique site in Portugal, and I guess that there are not many places like this in the world!

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Historic Centre of Santarem (T) Daniel Campos

Historic Centre of Santarem (T) by Daniel C

Santarém has some nice monuments, especially in the gothic style (the city is often called the Portuguese Gothic capital), and there are beautiful sights over the Tagus River and its Lezíria, which is a huge area of plains stretching for dozens of kilometers alongside the river. However, I don't think that this city deserves to be inscribed in the World Heritage List. It's an interesting place to visit at a local level, but it's not a unique site in the world - not even in Portugal. The monuments are scattered everywhere and some of them are not very well preserved. It may be worth a detour to see some churches and have a short walk in some of the nice older streets, as well as in the Portas do Sol belvedere, but I think it's not worth to be considered a World Heritage site.

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Oporto Daniel Campos

Torre dos Clérigos isn't the tallest building in Portugal, it's the tallest in Oporto. For instance, Lisbon has some buildings over 100 meters high.

About Oporto, it's well worth a visit for at least a weekend. Apart from the magnificent historic center where my personal highlight is the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of São Francisco), whose interior is richly decorated with lots of golden objects and altars, you shouldn't miss out the cityscape from the south bank of the Douro river, the Foz district (where the river meets the sea) and the modern building of Casa da Música (Music Hall). Don't forget to eat a "francesinha", a typical sandwich made out of many different meats, cheese, a spicy sauce with Port wine, beer and many other "secret" ingredients. Delicious!

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Name: Daniel Campos

Country: Portugal

Visited WHS: 44

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Lists

  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Atacama Desert
  3. Chernobyl
  4. Death Valley National Park
  5. Golden Gate Bridge
  6. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  7. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  8. Lake Titicaca
  9. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  10. Mecca, Kaaba
  11. Modern Legacy of Vienna
  12. Mount Rushmore
  13. Neuschwanstein Castle
  14. Okavango Delta
  15. Panama Canal
  16. Scrovegni's Chapel
  17. Sites Mégalithiques de Carnac
  18. Suez Canal
  19. Transiberian Railway
  20. Varanasi