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February 2018

CUF, a chemical bond with 150 years

By |2018-05-07T22:31:34+00:00February 16th, 2018|Industrial Heritage, Portugal|

CUF - Companhia União Fabril, is one of the oldest portuguese chemical companies still in business. Founded in 1865, producing soaps, stearin and vegetable oils. A story of success, leaded by one man, Alfredo da Silva, that refounded and transformed CUF into a multi interest, vast chemical empire.   Panorama [...]

January 2018

Marão, to look beyond mountains

By |2018-05-07T22:31:27+00:00January 31st, 2018|Cultural Heritage, Portugal|

Serra do Marão is located in the region between Trás-os-Montes and Douro Litoral and it's part of a rocky mountains ridge (along with Gralheira, Montemuro and Alvão) that separates Minho from Trás-os-Montes. Geological morphology (creating a natural condensation barrier) puts the region as having one of the highest rainfall areas [...]

Exposição do Mundo Português, 1940

By |2018-05-07T22:31:21+00:00January 24th, 2018|Architecture, Portugal|

Exposição do Mundo Português took place in Lisbon in 1940, from 23 June to 2 December, commemorating 800 years since the country foundation and 300 years since independence from Spain. The exhibition alone was an architectural splendor, expressing the creativity of Cottinelli Telmo it's major architect and António Lino.   [...]

December 2017

ETE – Empresa Têxtil Eléctrica, a pioneer company

By |2018-05-07T22:30:55+00:00December 26th, 2017|Industrial Heritage, Portugal|

Empresa Têxtil Eléctrica, Lda (ETE for short), was a textile company founded in 1905 in between the municipalities of Vila Nova de Famalicão and Santo Tirso, near the margins of the Ave river. The company was at the time an important textile industry but also innovated by the production and use [...]

Reguladora, The Time Through Times

By |2018-05-07T22:30:40+00:00December 20th, 2017|Industrial Heritage, Portugal|

Fábrica Nacional de Relógios, Reguladora SA. , or just Reguladora, or more dearly A Boa Reguladora, in Vila Nova de Famalicão, is the oldest watch and clock manufacturing companies in the Iberian Peninsula and, one of the most appraised brands in it's sector in Portugal, with an history of time and [...]

Fábrica de Fiação e Tecidos do Rio Vizela

By |2018-05-07T22:30:24+00:00December 9th, 2017|Industrial Heritage, Portugal|

Fábrica de Fiação e Tecidos do Rio Vizela is situated in Negrelos (São Tomé), near Vila das Aves, integrated in the municipality of Santo Tirso and in the important textile region of the Vale do Ave region and It's a perfect example of Industrial Heritage and textile industry milestone. It was [...]

November 2017

Soajo Ancient Granaries of Arcos de Valdevez

By |2018-05-07T22:30:01+00:00November 29th, 2017|Cultural Heritage, Portugal|

The Soajo village (Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal) is a structured settlement made up of granite houses that are characteristic in mountain regions, especially in the north of Portugal but found also elsewhere. The houses are set beside narrow streets, just wide enough for ox-carts to get by, and marked by [...]

Oliva Factory – Ghost Room

By |2018-05-29T22:16:05+00:00November 29th, 2017|Industrial Heritage, Portugal|

The Oliva Factory (S.João da Madeira) was funded in July 31, 1925, by António José Pinto de Oliveira, as "Oliveira, Filhos e Cia. Lda” with It's core business as a steel foundry. Soon, the company expanded it's know-how to other areas, one of them made OLIVA particulary famous: sewing machines. [...]

Old Montalto Sanatorium in Valongo

By |2018-05-07T22:29:35+00:00November 29th, 2017|Architecture, Places, Portugal|

SANATORIUMS AS TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR TB Montalto Sanatorium was one of those facilities. Tuberculosis disease has been present in humans since ancient times, and can be tracked as far as 17,000 years ago in the animal kingdom. The disease was not recognized as such till 1820s, and, during the middle [...]

Arouca Geopark – Geologic Heritage

By |2018-05-07T22:29:19+00:00November 29th, 2017|Cultural Heritage, Portugal|

The region The Arouca Geopark is located in northern Portugal and inserted in the Hesperian Massif, and coincides with the Arouca municipality a valley which occupies an area of approximately 329 square kilometers. The entire territory is classified as "Arouca-Geopark" which is a member of the European Geoparks Network and UNESCO Global Geoparks [...]

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