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Portuguese Capital of Culture

By Linda Tancs

Inland from Porto, Portugal, Guimarães is a 2012 European Capital of Culture.  The city is known as the “cradle of Portugal” as it’s the birthplace of the nation’s first king, Afonso Henriques.  The area is well known for its linens and embroidery, too.  In the vicinity is Mateus Palace, whose picture graces the wine label of the same name.  The kick-off for festivities is 21 January with a theatre and multimedia open-air show.  The year’s events focus on four themes:  City, Community, Thought and Arts.

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