Marinha Grande cannot be considered as a big city can nor even as the best city, but it's my city, and I'm proud to be a Marinhense!
Marinha Grande is a small Portuguese town.
The history of Marinha Grande intimately connects with the history of the glass industry in Portugal. When two centuries behind, in an obscure village of sandy soils, shaded by a pine forest, anonymous hands lifted a furnace. Someone got the first taste of light. For the first time someone picks, blows, and forms. From these movements things began to take a reality that dominated the history of the town that, for over twenty five decades, had to play with greater or lesser extent, the life of each Marinhense, which was to be the life that never came out of the practices and discourses and dream locations. And until today, they are still blowing glass.
There are no documents that say the exact origin of the city, however, several documents suggest that in the eleventh and twelfth centuries was when the first settlers came.
Our friend zulupt also wrote a location’s article on Marinha Grande.
In the city, there are several places with their own cultural association, associations promoting various cultural events ranging from theater to football through the music, gastronomic events, popular rays…we can almost say that something is always happening in Marinha Grande.
Unfortunately the local government does not always support these communities, so they survive through the will of their partners and friends.
But everything’s not coming up roses, the last time I took a lomowalk in the city, I found an empty city, deserted, with many abandoned buildings, old factories in ruins (where it is not advisable to go alone). I hope that one day the city regains the life it had some years ago.
Marinha Grande cannot be considered a big city, it cannot even be considered as the best city, but it’s my city and I’m proud to be a Marinhense.
If you pass by, come visit Marinha Grande, walk through our parks, visit our museums, and try to visit our various communities, because it will surely amuse you.