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VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO
Overview
This small border town at the mouth of the river Guadiana was built on the orders of Marquis of Pombal, who decreed that this territory near Spain should be occupied. The ground plan is similar to the one used in the baixa area of Lisbon and the streets form a perfect grid.
It took only two years to build the town, because (as in Lisbon) standardized pre-assembled parts were used. In the 19th. and 20th. centuries it was mainly a fishing town, but nowadays tourism is the most important activity.
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