TOP 5 SYMBOLS OF PORTUGAL

TOP 5 SYMBOLS OF PORTUGAL

Portugal is more than it's famous and beautiful lucky roosters. At the south-west edge of Europe, Portugal is characterized for it's warm, Mediterranean weather, with stunning landscape, beautiful nature, incredible architecture, exquisite food, and wine. Keep reading if you want to know the Top 5 Things Portugal is Famous For.

AZULEJOS


Portuguese Azulejos in the city of PortoThe azulejo is one of the strongest cultural expressions in Portugal and one of the most original contributions of the creative genius of the Portuguese in world culture.  Over the years, the azulejo has largely overtaken its mere utilitarian or ornamental function and reached the transcendent status of Art as a poetic intervention in the creation of architecture and cities.
 

PASTÉIS DE NATA

Pasteis de Nata, Lisbon, PostugalPastéis de nata are a traditional Portuguese pastry that can best be described as a kind of egg tart. They look a bit like little nests, with a thick outer layer of flaky pastry dough and a filling of rich yellow custard. The top of the custard is caramelized, with dark brown or black spots and a slightly different texture than the filling beneath it. Pastéis de nata are sometimes also called pastéis de Belém. But what’s the difference, and why the two names? It all comes down to time and place. The most famous place to eat pastéis de nata in Lisbon is the district of Santa Maria de Belém, and specifically the Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém.  
  

FADO

Fado in lisbonA melody that expresses the Portuguese spirit, veiled in yearning and sweet melancholy yet tinged with joy and hope, fado is one of Europe’s most beautiful musical styles and is still traditionally celebrated in the cities of Coimbra and Lisbon.

The music genre originated in Portugal in the early 1800s but only began to appear in Lisbon after 1830 before finally finding a popular rhythm in the early 1900s and one that is still followed today. Literally meaning ‘fate’ or ‘destiny’, fado uses mandolins and a Portuguese 12-string guitar to accompany one singer, creating the pained melody that draws the listener in as it seeps through the streets.  

THE CALÇADA PORTUGUESA

Portuguese Pavement, Lisbon, PortugalCalçada portuguesa – Portuguese pavement or mosaic (also known in Brazil as Portuguese stones) is a specific pavement, used mostly for finishing the walkways and sidewalks, alleys, squares and other bustling places. This stone flooring is particularly popular in Portuguese speaking countries. The unique mosaic pavements (typically from limestone or basalt) are irregularly shaped. The game of contrasts allows forming various decorative designs because of the difference in the nuances of the different pieces.

GALO DE BARCELOS

Rooster of BarcelosThe Portuguese Rooster of Barcelos is considered to be the unofficial symbol of Portugal. The Barcelos Rooster and its colourful patterns represent the embodiment of the Portuguese love of life. It's a symbol of faith, good luck and justice. The rooster of Barcelos is the most famous souvenir from Portugal.

The legend of the Rooster of Barcelos or the "Old Cock of Barcelos", tells the story of a dead rooster's miraculous intervention in proving the innocence of a Spanish pilgrim who had been falsely accused and sentenced to death by hanging.

The Portuguese good-luck roosters are ideal for displaying in kitchens or as a perfect gift. Order yours today to bring the mystique of Faith, Good Luck and Justice to your own home.

Today, when people try to acquire not things, but experience and emotions, the Portuguese Lucky Roosters with their symbolic meaning are a perfect gift idea.

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