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Religions and languages in Portugal

Sameiro Portugal today is a republic with one official language, which is given the status of state language. We are talking about Portuguese. The last census showed that more than 200 million people in this world speak this language, thus, not only on the continent of Eurasia, but even in Africa and South America. According to its linguistic content, the Portuguese language is very similar to the Spanish language. Most likely this was due to the neighborship of Spain and Portugal. In this case, linguists consider both of the languages as the Ibero-Romance branch of the Romance languages. Grammar in these two linguistic directions is quite similar and implies the basic provisions created in the German and Arab tribes.
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Today, native Portuguese speakers mostly live in Brazil. If you look at history, this explanation looks quite consistent, because these territories were once the colonies of modern Portugal in South America. At the same time, experts note that the Portuguese language which is used exclusively in Portugal, that is the so-called European Portuguese language, differs to a large extent from the language used in Brazil. Grammar rules remain the same and classical language differs only a little. However, phonetics and language vocabulary were developing in absolutely different directions by these two nations during their independence. The Portuguese language was born on the territory of the country, thanks to the first inhabitants of the territories. The Iberian Peninsula was inhabited by the Iberians, whose dialect became the constructive basis for the creation of Portuguese.
Over time, the Roman conquerors brought the Latin alphabet, as well as some Romanesco dialects to Portugal. And after the Romans succeeded the Moors, the active formation of the vocabulary of the Portuguese language began. Historically, it was proven that the first document in this language was compiled by King Afonso II. However, literature researchers consider the end of the 12th century as the heyday of the Portuguese classical language. It was during this period that the tales of the famous troubadours appeared, stories about which are still very popular around the world. Literary men often consider classical Portuguese language as being twee and extremely concordant. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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In addition, Miranda was given the status of the official language on the territory of Portugal. The language is used in Miranda do Douro as the name implies. Despite the spread of the state language in Portugal, the local population speaks other European languages quite well, particularly English, French and Spanish. Portugal is considered a secular country and the church is completely separated from the state. The Constitution of the country guarantees the right to freedom of choice of religious confession or cult. In addition, the Constitution assures freedom of preaching and prohibits any discrimination on religious grounds for citizens of the country.
Vilamoura Nevertheless, Portugal has a relative religious unity. According to different statistics, in the territory of Portugal lives 90-93% of Christians from the total number of the population. This religious domination originated in the country during the second century. At that time, the country was conquered by the Roman Empire, which actively preached Christianity and tried to convert inhabitants of all its territories to the religion. Already at the beginning of the 8th century, Catholicism was fully established on the territory of the Iberian Peninsula. In the beginning and the end of the 13th century, the first Portuguese Patriarch of Rome, Pope John XXI, was elected. Almost all Catholics of the country adhere to the so-called Latin rite.
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The northern cities of Portugal are characterized by the greatest religiousness. There are quite a lot of religious buildings here, and residents often visit churches and temples. In addition, about 1% of Muslims live in the country. Islam in Portugal is met mainly in small regions of the country. It came to the Iberian Peninsula in the early 8th century, during the years of the Caliphate of Córdoba. To date, there are about 5,000 Muslims and most of them are not indigenous Portuguese, but are considered to have come from African countries. In the capital, there are large Jewish communities, which today amount to more than 200 thousand people. The appearance of Jews in the territory of Portugal dates back to the first century of our era. Less than 5% of the population consider themselves atheists and do not believe in the existence of higher power.
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Traditions in Portugal cities

Lisbon
These peculiar features are extremely noticeable for city guests as peace and tranquility is reigning in the streets of Lisbon. Another exuberant character feature is the special pride in history and culture. Local people consider their nation to be unique and this conviction turns them intolerant to any comparisons of their customs and course of life to any other nations’ culture. Instead the foreigners taking interest to the history and traditions are immediately turned into welcome … Read more
Albufeira
Every holidaymaker will find all kinds of entertainment according to his liking in Albufeira. Here you will like numerous cafes and restaurants serving delicious fish and seafood dishes, crazy nightlife establishments, as well as traditional museums and sights. By right, Albufeira is considered the most crowded, popular and noisy city on the southern coast of Portugal. By the way, the name of the city can be translated from Arabic as "a castle by the sea". Lovers of architectural monuments will … Read more
Porto
Local people have numerous interesting traditions that must be definitely followed during the celebration of important dates and events. As vine is known as one of the most important national symbols, the presence of grape on a holiday table has always been a good sign. On New Year's night, when the clock strikes midnight, it’s necessary to make a wish and eat a grape. If you do this, the locals believe your dream will come true. Many people wear special holiday clothes on the days of … Read more
Funchal
The most anticipated and exciting event of the New Year is a grand fireworks show. The local incredibly beautiful fireworks show is listed in the Guinness Book of Records; locals usually prepare for it all year long. In February, the city hosts a colorful carnival, which is always accompanied by folkloric performances and solemn parades. Tourists who wish to get acquainted with the culture and customs of the indigenous population definitely have to visit this merry and bright holiday. Many … Read more
Lagos
Familiarity with traditional applied arts remains one of the most interesting entertainments for travelers. In Lagos, you'll find many handicraft workshops and souvenir shops where craftsmen make unique things with their hands. Among other crafts, the manufacture of pottery is really widespread. From ceramics, craftsmen make beautiful dishes, vases and home decorations, and some of them know how to make original ceramic jewelry. Customers are always welcome in such workshops, here they can not … Read more
Portimao
One of the most favorite entertainments of festival’s guests is contest in fast sardine eating. Every year contest’s participants manage to set up new records, today’s champion ate more than 50 fish for 15 minutes. Every year Sardine festival is visited approximately by 80 thousand of foreign guests, festival’s organizers every year try to please lovers of festival by new interesting events. In festive days there are special gastronomical tours for the guests, all who wish can visit the … Read more
Vilamoura
The local cuisine is somewhat different from the Portuguese one. Thus, due to the proximity to the sea, seafood and fish predominate here (the most popular are sardines, horse mackerel, dorade). Besides that, the region is famous for wine production. While in Vilamoura, you must try such dishes as Caldeirada (a thick fish stew), South Portuguese gazpacho, Arroz de lingueirão (rice with mollusks), desserts “Dom Rodrigo” and Morgado (balls with sugar and almonds). Alcoholic beverages worth … Read more
Braga
Gastronomic culture of Braga also has many interesting features. Despite widest choice of restaurants and cafes that can be found right at every step in the city, gourmets prefer to have a lunch at the monastery bakeries. Cooking connoisseurs are sure that the delicacies prepared in the local monasteries are simply fantastic. Unique "celestial" names of dishes make food even more original. Monastery's cooks are worthy rivals of chefs from most upscale restaurants. The locals are very friendly … Read more

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