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AMADORA

Hidden heritage at Lisbon’s gates

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This is one of the smallest city halls in Portugal, but also the 4th most populous with approximately 175.000 inhabitants (2001 data), located at Lisbon’s gates. Originally, this was the former place called Porcalhota, which in 1907 was named Amadora, according to the population’s wish. The existing territory was inhabited since Pre-Historic times, as shown by Carenque Necropolis, dating back to the end of the 4th millennium BC, beginning of the 3rd. The Romans have also occupied this territory, leaving an aqueduct as a living testimony of this colonisation period, followed by an era of land and farm plantation, in the capital’s surrounding. In the end of the 19th century, began the first construction surge, after the railway line to Sintra was opened, which resulted in a true demographic explosion, mostly in the 50’s of the 20th century. This quick connection to Lisbon has converted Amadora in a dormitory city. Nevertheless, Amadora has been trying to become a dynamic city in the latest years. It embraces a wide commercial area with shops like IKEA or shopping centres, Dolce Vita Tejo, the biggest one in the Iberian Peninsula. On the other hand, several cultural events take place here, such as Cartoon Festival, a one of the most prominent festivals of the kind in Europe.

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