Miranda do Douro

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Miranda do Douro is a beautiful and small city in the northeastern part of Portugal. It is located on the border with Spain, with the Douro River separating the two countries. Being a city situated on a high point, the first king of Portugal saw its military potential, so he built a castle. This castle and the fortifications were destroyed during the many wars fought against the Spanish and the French.

Miranda do Douro is a beautiful and small city in the northeastern part of Portugal. It is located on the border with Spain, with the Douro River separating the two countries. Being a city situated on a high point, the first king of Portugal saw its military potential, so he built a castle. This castle and the fortifications were destroyed during the many wars fought against the Spanish and the French.

Its ruins can still be seen today, being amongst the tourist attractions of the city, along with the beautiful Cathedral from the 16th century. The people of Miranda do Douro speak Mirandese (Mirandês), a language that was recognized in 1999 by the Portuguese state as co-official with Portuguese language for local matters. It’s the place where you can eat the traditional ‘Posta à Mirandesa’, a huge piece of grilled steak.

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_do_Douro

written by paper_doll on 2008-05-14 #places #cathedral #historical #location #architecture #miranda-do-douro

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2 Comments

  1. gemma81de
    gemma81de ·

    Really a beautiful location. I especially like the first picture - it's just dreamy :)

  2. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Me too.

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