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The 5 strangest architectures in Portugal

Portugal is a wonderful destination to travel and not only because of its culture, gastronomy and beaches, but also because in this country architecture has found an ideal place to develop. And we are not only talking about conventional architecture, but this is one of the places where you can find buildings that will be most surprising. Join us to discover some of the strangest architecture in Portugal.

The strangest architectures in Portugal

Casa do Penedo, Fafe

Also called “Stone House”, is one of the best examples of strange architecture, but also of the union of man and nature. Located in the district of Braga, it is close to Guimarães and very close to the border with Galicia.

Due to its peculiar architecture, this strange house is the tourist reference in the Fafe area. Tourists usually take advantage of their visit to Guimarães to get to this place. You can see this curious house sitting on top of a hill, standing out from the surroundings.

The peculiarity of this house lies in the fact that it is embedded between huge stones, so that it gives them a magical halo. It was built between 1974 and 1976 to house a house, but today it has been converted into a museum.

Oriente Station, Lisbon

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Designed by Santiago Calatrava, this station is located next to the Tagus River and It is the product of the contest that this architect won for the Universal Exhibition of 1998. It has a main building that houses the station, which aims to be the central station for all of Lisbon and is very close to the airport, with bus and metro connections.

The main building is complemented by a series of galleries that house services and shops. Its structure is made of steel and glass and the station is covered by a large glass roof. To date, the entire Expo 98 has been well recycled, with great popular success as a park and recreational-commercial complex.

 

It is a set with a marked futuristic style and reminiscent of classical Gothic.

Pena Palace, another of the strange architectures of Portugal

Located in Sintra, Palacio da Pena is one of the most important and famous monuments in Portugal. At first glance, we are assailed by an explosion of colors, as well as an interesting mix of architectural styles.

It is located in a privileged place, very close to Lisbon, having a large influx of tourists and with good reason. Built in the XIX, it is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in Europealso due to the fact that it is located in an important area, the Sierra de Sintra.

Besides, It is surrounded by a botanical garden where we can find various species from almost every corner of the world. The eclectic style is one of the particularities that the Palacio da Pena presents, since it combines different styles and aesthetic currents. Here we will also find various classic elements of Portugal, such as the walls covered with tiles and various mythological and religious references.

Music House, Porto

Built by the world famous Dutch architect Rem Koolhass, this is a cultural hall located in Porto, where concerts and cultural events take place. Its construction was devised as part of the project for Porto to be the European Capital of Culture in 2001.

The Casa da Música stands out for its modern and avant-garde style, for its inverted shape and its unique façade. Also, because it was built in white concrete.

Its importance and the architecture of this building have led to it becoming the icon of the city. In addition, due to its internal capacity for adaptation, it can be transformed and adapted to the different activities that are carried out in it.

Belem Tower, Lisbon

This beautiful tower is located on the banks of the Tagus, in Lisbon, and is one of the symbols of the Lusitanian capital. It holds the title of World Heritage Site and stands on the old Restelo beach. This place is important, since the caravels departed from here on their expeditions to new lands.

Its construction dates back to the 16th century, a time marked by discoveries, and it was built as a fortress in order to protect the entrance to the port through the Tagus River. After the age of discoveries passed, it abandoned its defensive use to become a tax collection center and prison.

The Torre de Belem is contemporary to the Jerónimos Monastery, that is, construction began during the reign of Manuel I. Its project was entrusted to the architect Francisco de Arruda, who worked in Morocco, so a great Arab influence can be seen in the decoration of the arches and domes of the tower.

Without a doubt, all of the above are examples of strange architecture that will make you want to go to Portugal. They all have their particularities, and are really worth admiring.

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