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Author meltwaterfalls
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#1 | Posted: 27 Feb 2018 17:02 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
Realising it has been an unfeasibly longtime since I was last in Portugal I've started having a quick look for a potential re-visit sometime soon, and i noticed it doesn't have a relevant country thred yet, so here it is.

I know a fair bit about Portugal, and have a good handle on where to head so my motive isn't so much to get an idea, however if any one has itineraries they wanted to share with others or specific recommendations, they are always welcome.

However the great recent batch of reviews form Caspar Dechmann got me looking at their recently rejuvinated, but seemingly muddled T-List. There are a number of sites that cover the same thing, Lisbon could end up with EIGHT WHS if these all come to fruition, of course they won't.
But suggesting the city could end up with four inscribed sites doesn't seem too wild a consideration (Either Pombaline or Global City, the Route to Santiago extension and perhaps the Oeuvre of Alvaro Siza in addition to the already inscribed Belem).

There are quite a lot of undefined "concept" sites.

The weirdest one being Route of Magellan. First around the World, which is particularly odd as Magellan's route never involved Portugal (he left from Sanlucar near Donana NP).
The only places in Portugal mentioned in the nominations are museums or archives, perhaps we should locate the marker at one of those (38.754905, -9.156548 Arquivo Nacional Torre do Tombo), at the moment, logically but somewhat incongruously, it is in the Straights of Magellan, meaning the Portuguese map is zoomed out to show the whole world, or perhaps that desirable.
Though it does also mention that the nomination will include monuments so perhaps the Discoveries Monument (38.695979, -9.205386) in Belem would work for a location?

The Ensemble of Álvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal, is also light on the specific buildings included, but does include a list of Municipalities and in the text there are a handful of buildings mentioned. I will try and dig down to see if I can get some sort of short list together. At the moment I have it as a T-List site I have sort of visited, be pretty sure I visited the Pavilhão de Portugal whilst waiting for a train at Oriente station in Lisbon.

Author meltwaterfalls
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#2 | Posted: 1 Mar 2018 17:50 
I've had a dig down into that Alvaro Siza proposal and have created a list of 22 buildings that seem likley to be included.

The first ten are mentioned by name in the proposal, the next ten are major buildings in municipalities mentioned in proposal, and the last two are well known buildings that I would imagine would be included, but the details seem to be missing from the proposal. I have a fair few other buildings that I may try to hunt down as well, but I haven't quite pinned down yet:

Building/ Municipality/ Co-ordinates
Bank in Oliveira de Azeméis/ Oliveira de Azeméis/ 40.838560, -8.477313
Santa Maria church of Marco de Canavezes/ Marco de Canavezes/ 41.188560, -8.145385
Adega Mayor/ Campo Maior/ 39.050100, -7.094356
Piscina das Mares/ Leça da Palmeira/ 41.192778, -8.707778
Casa de Chá da Boa Nova/ Leça da Palmeira/ 41.203020, -8.715001
Beires House/ Póvoa de Varzim/ 41.385483, -8.762296
Bank in Vila do Conde/ Vila do Conde/ 41.353196, -8.741629
Casa Avelino Duarte/ Ovar/ 40.862790, -8.644060
Escola de Educação de Setúbal/ Setúbal/ 38.519986, -8.838166
Pavilion of Portugal in Expo'98/ Lisboa/ 38.765829, -9.095285
Baixa Chiado Masterplan and Metro Station/ Lisboa/ 38.710521, -9.142089
Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto/ Porto/ 41.150383, -8.636518
Aleixo Offices (Architectural Practice)/ Porto/ 41.149284, -8.649420
Sao Bento Metro Station/ Porto/ 41.145101, -8.610886
Serralves/ Porto/ 41.159789, -8.659602
Boavista Building/ Porto/ 41.162599, -8.667288
Quinta da Malagueira housing estate/ Évora/ 38.568738, -7.925359
Library of the University of Aveiro/ Aveiro/ 40.631181, -8.659829
Cuatro Casas/ Matosinhos/ 41.185350, -8.685082
Piscina da Quinta da Conceição/ Matosinhos/ 41.197126, -8.686788
Viera De Castro House/ Famalicao/ 41.405606, -8.541914
Revigrés/ Águeda/ 40.531731, -8.449006

Author Zoe
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#3 | Posted: 5 Apr 2018 14:49 
I don't know what they were thinking with the Magellan route. I also don't believe they are comparable to the trade routes mentioned which had actual towns for markets because these routes were used for a long time period.

Author Khuft
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#4 | Posted: 5 Apr 2018 15:10 
I think that the above-mentioned referenced locations are not the actually nominated sites. Torre do Tombo is the national archive of Portugal and only houses some documents related to Magellan. The Discoveries monument is linked more to Prince Henry the Navigator than to Magellan. Instead, I think that they will nominate Magellan's home town of Sabrosa in N Portugal. Magellan was after all Portuguese, although he sailed for the Spanish kings. At least that's based on this article where they interviewed the mayor of Sabrosa.
https://viagens.sapo.pt/planear/noticias/artigos/rota-de-magalhaes-com-485-mil-euros- para-iniciar-candidatura-a-unesco

Author meltwaterfalls
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#5 | Posted: 13 Apr 2018 09:36 
Hi Zoe and Khuft thanks for this.

I was using those locations as a proxy, as no specific locations were actually named in the proposal for potential inscribed locations.

Though the Torre do Tombo Archive was the only place in Portugal mentioned so was used as a stand in for what may actually be proposed. The Spanish Archive named (Archivo de Indias) is actually already inscribed as part of the Seville World Heritage Site and contains the Treaty of Tordesillas inscribed on the Memory of the World Register. A potential Three for the Price of One!!

That article Khuft linked to in turn leads to this article about the Rede de Cidades Magalhânicas (World Network of Magellanic Cities)
World Network of Magellanic Cities:
This network constitutes an association of cities that share the historical memory of belonging to the route established by Magalhães or linked to it factually in the various continents:
Portugal: Lisbon, Sabrosa and Ponte da Barca
Spain Seville, San Luca de Barrameda and Tenerife
Argentina Ushuaia, Puerto de San Julián, Puerto de Santa Cruz and Provincial Government of Tierra del Fuego
Cabo Verde Praia
Chile Punta Arenas
Philippines Catbalogan City and Cebu City
Indonesia Tidore (Moluccas)
Uruguay Montevideo
Many other cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Getaria and Buenos Aires, among others, will soon join the RMCM.

Perhaps we can use that as the basis of the locations. I will go through and try to find relevant points in those cities.

It looks like they have also set up a full website, though it is rather empty, the oiginal article suggested thee was supposed to be a Meeting in December 2017 in Buenos Aires, but that doesn't seem to have taken place, or if it did it is missing from the website and twitter fed which went quiet in April 2017.

Author hubert
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#6 | Posted: 18 Apr 2018 12:28 
meltwaterfalls:
I've had a dig down into that Alvaro Siza proposal and have created a list of 22 buildings that seem likley to be included.

Thanks for the list and the coordinates, meltwaterfalls. Very helpful, I'm currently planning a trip to Portugal in May. Though I would not expect that the Alvaro Siza sites will be nominated in the near future, I'll try to include some of them in our itinerary. Would be a refreshing change between all these monasteries in Portugal. Many of the sites are in and around Porto, easy to include.
Mainly, the sites are used for their original purposes, no surprise, they were built in the 1960s or later. Thus, the private houses seem to be not accessible for visitors, no 'Alvaro Siza museum' so far, but I hope to get a glimpse of the interior of the bank and university buildings. The Serralves museum, the metro stations and the university buildings seems to be most rewarding.
And a few refreshing hours in the Piscina das Mares sounds also tempting.
Well, and the Expo'98 Pavillon in Lisboa (I'll definitely visit this area because of the Garo do Oriente by Calatrava).

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