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March 2018

Companhia de Fiação de Crestuma

By |2018-05-16T00:27:29+00:00March 13th, 2018|Industrial Heritage, Oporto|

Companhia de Fiação de Crestuma was a 19th century textile factory located on the banks of the Uíma River, Crestuma, Lever, Vila Nova de Gaia. Born in the terrains of another industry, the textile factory soon became one of the most important of it's sector in the region and a milestone [...]

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.   [...]

SOREFAME , shaping steel and progress

By |2018-05-13T23:03:09+00:00January 18th, 2018|Industrial Heritage|

SOREFAME - Sociedades Reunidas de Fabricações Metálicas, S.A.R.L.  was probably a company that forever marked the industrial history of Portugal, not only by what it produced but, also for the tremendous know-how and manufacture expertise acquired that made it a reference in our industrial heritage. The importance and innovation brought by [...]

Sampaio Ferreira & Cª, Textiles, Electricity and a Legacy

By |2018-05-07T22:31:00+00:00January 4th, 2018|Industrial Heritage|

Sampaio Ferreira & Cª, Lda. is another extension of the great work and vision of the industrialist Narciso Ferreira. Introduction to the industrial profile of Narciso Ferreira was already made in my previous article on ETE. This is about another company of this important figure. The company - textiles and power [...]

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 [...]

Maria Pia Bridge, an iconic iron bridge

By |2018-05-07T22:30:48+00:00December 23rd, 2017|Architecture, Oporto|

Maria Pia Bridge is one of the most iconic if not the most, bridges in the Oporto city. It is a railroad bridge between the city and it's neighbor counterpart Vila Nova de Gaia. Considerered by many as one of the most beautiful bridges in the city, with an image [...]

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 [...]