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Until recently, Amadora was a predominantly rural area, but it is now a highly developed town, although it has preserved some interesting monuments. Marking the boundary with the city of Lisbon, are the Portas de Benfica, a curious construction from the early 20th century with eight turrets, where traffic used to pay a fee, like an old-fashioned toll.
Casa Roque Gameiro is an essential visit, not just because it is the former home of the painter and houses part of his collection, but also because it is a perfect example of the architectural concept of the "Casa Portuguesa".
An important archaeological discovery in 1932 was the Grutas de Carenque, dating back to the third millennium bce. Fundamental for an understanding of Portuguese prehistory, the caves are a necropolis with three collective sepulchres carved out of the rock, examples of Mediterranean burial culture. Guided visits can be arranged by appointment at the Museu Municipal de Arqueologia da Amadora.
It is also in Amadora that the Aqueduto das Águas Livres begins, and the Mãe d'Água Nova and Mãe d'Água Velha are both open to visitors.
While you are here, visit the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Lapa.
The Casa Roque Gameiro is one of the oldest and most picturesque houses to be found in the municipality of Amadora. Turned into a cultural centre, this house designed by the famous Portuguese painter Roque Gameiro who specialised in watercolours, today holds various local exhibitions. The artist was clearly inspired by nationalistic ideals when building the house. It is typically Portuguese, combining the architectural characteristics of various parts of the country. In a style very much in vogue in the late 19th century, the décor includes naturalist, revivalist and folk elements. This dynamic and interesting cultural centre is well worth visiting, in an area that is emerging as representative of alternative culture in present day Lisbon.
Discover a virtually unknown national monument in Lisbon. The Carenque Caves, or Carenque Necropolis, are a set of manmade caves dug out of the rock at the end of the Neolithic age – around the third millennium BC – that were used up until the Chalcolithic period (the Copper Age). You can see several of the artefacts found beside the bodies at the National Archaeology Museum (MNA) in Lisbon. In this circular mortuary chamber, limestone idols and crescent-shaped moons, slabs of schist and even depictions of utensils, such as an adze, were found. The three collective graves excavated from the rock contained skeletons and ceramics and have maintained their characteristic architecture with a corridor and a skylight, both covered by limestone slabs. Come to Amadora, book a visit through the Museu de Arqueologia da Amadora and awaken the archaeologist within.
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Come to Amadora, book a visit through the Museu de Arqueologia da Amadora and awaken the archaeologist within.
Off the beaten track, this is a unique house that shows a different side of the city. Visit one of the exhibitions and let the house cast its spell over you.
A simple church in a different part of the city whose images of worship are particularly cherished due to the magnificent Baroque altar.
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