History of Portugal and Built Heritage

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1. To identify the main characteristics and the temporal and spacial disposition of the events in the History of Portugal;

2. To be able to reflect on national culture and identity;

3. To identify the characteristics of given ages in the History of Portugal as well as these different ages taken as a whole;

4. To understand the main contributions of History of Portugal to present-day national and international realities;

5. To recognize the historical and artistic heritage as a singular inheritance and as an important factor for the promotion of national identity;

6. To understand historical-artistic phenomena and their historical implications;

7. To characterize different artistic styles and their representative productions;

8. To develop skills in the fields of grounded knowledge, critical reflection and appreciation of cultural values, behavioral models and achievements different from those of the present;

9 To develop skills for observation and interpretation of artistic events.


1. The territory and its population in the region that was later to be come the Portuguese territory: Roman, Visigoth and Muslim legacies

2. The birth of Portugal and the Christian Recovery; the consolidation of the Portuguese kingdom; the Romanic style: from religious to military and seigneurial architecture. Sculpture: from the ornamental to the symbolic.

3. The dynastic crisis and the Avis dynasty; the consolidation of the independence of Portugal.

4. Overseas expansion and the Portuguese Empire -15th and the 16th centuries; Portuguese Gothic: Alcobaça, Batalha, Évora; the Manueline style.

5. The Loss of Independence and the Dual Monarchy; Mannerism and the restoration.

6. King John V and the Baroque monarchy.

7. From King José to the transfer of the Crown to Brazil; Lisbon of Pombal and Oporto of the Almadas.

8. Restructuring in the nineteenth century to the end of the Estado Novo; Romanticism, Naturalism; new art and modernism; the programmatic art of the “Estado Novo”.

Teaching Methodologies

The teaching methodology blends expository and explanatory features, requiring the observation and analysis of texts and images on the part of students. This approach is aided by direct questioning procedures, complemented by provisions for the clarification of issues during the sessions involving more pratical tasks. These sessions are student-centered, both in terms of the opportunity provided for the posing of course and task relevant questions, and of student oral interventions stemming from presentations involving the analysis of documents or texts provided by the teacher.


Marques, A. Oliveira, Breve História de Portugal, 2ª edição, Lisboa, Editorial presença, 1996. Marques, A. Oliveira, Serrão, Joel, (dir.), Nova História de Portugal, Lisboa, Editorial Presença, 1985/2004, 14 vols.;

Mattoso, José (dir,), História de Portugal, Lisboa, Editorial Estampa,2001,8 vols;

Ramos, Rui, Vasconcelos e Sousa, Bernardo, Monteiro, Nuno Gonçalo, História de Portugal, Lisboa, esfera dos Livros, 2010;

Serrão, Joaquim Veríssimo, História de Portugal, Lisboa, Editorial Verbo, 1978/2008, 17 vols.; Serrão, Joel, Dicionário de História de Portugal, Porto, Livraria Figueirinhas, 1985;

FRANÇA, José-Augusto, A Arte em Portugal no Século XIX, 2 vols., Lisboa, Bertrand, 1966; IBIDEM, O Modernismo na Arte Portuguesa, Lisboa, ICLP, 1979;

PEREIRA, Paulo (dir.), História da Arte Portuguesa, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1995.

Rodrigues, Dalila, Arte Portuguesa, Da Pré-História ao Século XX, Fubu Editores SA, 2008



ECTS Credits



  • Orientação Tutorial - 18 hours
  • Teórico-Práticas - 60 hours

Evaluation Methodology

  • Attendance and Participation: 5%
  • Critical recension: 50%
  • Individual and/or Group Work: 30%
  • Reading sheet: 15%