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Friday, February 13, 2015 marked an important anniversary for Portugal. This unlikely date saw the 50th anniversary of the assassination of General Humberto Delgado by the PIDE, Portugal’s secret...

About 30km north of Lisbon lie the Royal Palace, Convent and Basilica of Mafra. This astonishing architectural monolith is Portugal’s most important monument of the Baroque period.

The...

The earliest surviving recorded Valentine is a medieval French poem entitled ‘Farewell to Love’, written by Charles, Duke of Orléans in 1415, to his wife Bonne of Armagnac. Charles wrote the poem...

Not all Valentine’s Day stories are about roses, chocolates and love! On this day in 1929 there was a gang massacre that shocked America.

It was during Prohibition in Chicago when gangs...

Couples look forward to February 14 as the day when they reaffirm their love for each other. Florists and card manufacturers have boom sales and restaurants are fully booked. In 2013 in the UK...

In the early modern age, commanders of Portuguese military forces were always members of the nobility and it was not unusual for such commanders to be illiterate. The soldiers were badly paid, if...

When the French Army under Marshal André Masséna abandoned the Portuguese border fort at Almeida on May 10, 1811, the allies had finally driven the French out of Portugal. By that time Portugal...

Fado com História opened in October and on Friday, December 5 the museum was opened formally in the presence of the President of Tavira Câmara, Jorge Botelho.

Fado com História is located...

When I was little we had long lines of Christmas cards hanging in the lounge as part of the Christmas decorations. My father-in-law still sends over 30 cards but this appears to be a dying custom...

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Despite spats in parliament, Portugal’s...