Download Amarante, Portugal HD Wallpaper

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Description: Amarante originated from the prehistoric tribes who inhabited the Serra da Aboboreira as early as the Stone Age. However, it increased of importance only after the arrival of Saints Goncalo of Amarante, in the 12th century. The construction of the stone bridge across the Tamega river is credited to him. After his death, Amarante became the destination of pilgrimages and grew substantially. In the 16th century, King John III of Portugal had the church of St. Mary turned into a large Dominican monastery near the bridge of St. Goncalo. The bridge was destroyed by a flood in 1763 and was rebuilt. During the Napoleonic invasion of Portugal, the bridge of Amarante was the seat of an episode of Portuguese resistance against the French troops led by general Henri-Francois Delaborde. The city was set to fire by the French, and was later rebuilt.

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