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Portugal – Amarante – Igreja de Sâo Gonçalo & Ponte de Sâo Gonçalo

Amarante is a town and a municipality in Porto District, in northern Portugal. Amarante is situated in the agricultural lands of the Minho region, and belongs to the Porto district, region Norte and sub-region Támega

The Tâmega River runs through the town and is crossed by a large arched bridge, the Ponte São Gonçalo. It is reputed to have helped local forces fend off a French attack in the early 19th century. Nowadays the older centre of town is dominated by a multitude of cafés and restaurants dotted along the steep banks of the southern side of the Tâmega River. Amarante is also associated with the tale of Saint Gonzalo/Gonçalo de Amarante

The architecture of the Amarante region is mainly in the Romanesque style, with a number of Romanesque monuments (colonnades, arches, tympana and columns) throughout the region. They were built in deserted areas or on crossroads on the outskirts of inhabited areas, serving as meeting places, accommodation and defensive positions. Amarante became part of the Sousa Valley Romanesque Route (Rota do Românico)

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France – Bretagne- Côtes d’Armor – Tréguier – Cathédrale de St. Tugdual

One of Brittany’s finest cathedrals, dating principally from the 14 and 15C. Three towers stand on the transept. On the south side is an attractive «bell portico», surmounted by a flamboyant window. The Romanesque Hastings Tower dates from the 12C. The interior of the church is exceptional. It has 46 Renaissance stalls and 15C sculpted funeral recesses representing knights in armour. The treasury and cloister are also worth a look

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