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Every year in June, Lisbon is the best place on earth to be. The festivities of the city take place and there are a lot of street and folk activities, cultural exhbitions, concerts, parades and so on.

Also this is the fourth year that the organizers of Festas de Lisboa - Lisbon Festivities - prepare a competition that challanges illustrators, designers and artists from all over the world to rethink their symbol: the sardines (which are also a must eat during this period of festivities). These ones are some of the winners from this year’s competition and also my personal top three!

If some of you are thinking about visiting Lisbon come in June… It’s much more fun, believe me!


Thomas Zhuang: Journey Series, “Lisbon”, #4, 2014


I find it really interesting how Romance languages have a whole variety of different ways of writing the /ɲ/ sound even in cognates

like if we just look at the word for “Spanish” we have

español (Spanish)
espagnol (French)
espanhol (Portuguese)
espanyol (Catalan)
spaniol (Romanian)

which are all pronounced basically the same (mostly, couple of little differences elsewhere)

I dunno this post is pointless I just find it rly cool okay




1975  |  Portugal

Pepe being adorable with the kids in the tunnel


Alentejo, Portugal | mabal77


Portuguese history meme — eleven moments [2/11]

The Battle of S. Mamede (1128)

The Battle of São Mamede took place on 24 June 1128 near Guimarães, and is considered the seminal event for the foundation of the Kingdom of Portugal.

Since 1112, the year of the death of his husband (Count Henri of Burgundy), the politically active D. Teresa of Léon ruled the County of Portugal (with the title of Queen), because Afonso Henriques, her only surviving son, was still a child. Teresa pursued her independentist dreams she had shared with her husband, facing the Kingdom of Léon, her half-sister Queen Urraca and her half-nephew King Alfonso VII. Teresa had at her side Galician noblemen, namely the Count Fernán Pérez de Traba who would become her lover.

But ambitious Afonso grew up, eventually rebelling against his mother. It is even said that as a teenager, he knighted himself in 1122 at the Cathedral of Zamora. Their strategic interests diverged. Teresa’s son, with the support and influence of Portuguese noblemen, wanted no unions with Galicia.

On 24 June 1128, day of Saint John the Baptist, Portuguese troops led by the young Afonso defeated Portuguese and Galician forces led by his mother D. Teresa and Fernán Pérez de Traba. The chronist of the monastery of Santa Cruz took the advantage of the aforementioned day being a religious feast to glorify such event and define it as a divine intervention; proof that the Infante Afonso was the announcer of the creation of a new kingdom just like John the Baptist had profetised Jesus Christ’s coming.

After Afonso’s victory, D. Teresa and Traba left the county and there was a shift in the relations between the Portuguese County and the Kingdom of Galicia (which depended on the Kingdom of Léon). The important noblemen who supported Afonso Henriques refused to be ruled by the Galician high nobility and the archbishop of Compostela, therefore crushing the dream of others to create a kingdom which united both Portugal and Galicia.

From these conflicts was born the extremely popular myth of the History of Portugal about the son who had hit his mother.

Afonso Henriques would self-proclaim himself as King of Portugal in 1139 after the Battle of Ourique against the Moors (the Almoravids), and was recognised as such by the Kingdom of Léon in 1143. The pope would only do the same in 1179.

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