10 most difficult Portugal riddlesPortugal quiz
Why does the church of Carmo Convent in Lisbon lack its roof?
it was never finished
it was destroyed by earthquake
it was destroyed by Moors
it symbols open way to Heavens
The convent was ruined in the 1755 Great Lisbon Earthquake, which destroyed the city, killed possibly 100.000 of its inhabitants and disrupted the colonial ambitions of Portugal. The church was left unrestored to remind the tragedy.
When was Portugal ruled by Sancho I the Populator?
in 12th century
in 15th century
in 17th century
in 19th century
Even though king's nickname may suggest the era when Portuguese colonies were established, Sancho I actually ruled Portugal long before that - from 1185 to 1211. He populated remote areas of northern Portugal, notably with Flemish and Burgundian settlers - hence the nickname.
What liquor is particularly famous for its durability? (samples from the Napoleonic era are still in use)
original champagne from Champagne
Madeira is a fortified wine made in the Portuguese Madeira Islands, off the coast of Africa. To prevent the wine from spoiling, neutral grape spirits were added. Today, Madeira is noted for its unique winemaking process which involves heating the wine.
Where is the largest casino in the world located?
in Las Vegas
Macau is a former Portuguese colony, and now an autonomous territory of China. With its world's largest gaming revenue since 2006, it is known as the pre-eminent gambling capital of the world. The Venetian Macao is the home of the largest casino in the world, and the whole resort is the largest single structure hotel building in Asia.
Which of the following islands doesn't belong to Portugal?
Boa Vista is a desert-like island that belongs to the Cape Verde Islands. It is located the closest to the African continent, only 450 km from Senegal. The island is mainly known for the numerous presence of turtles, traditional music and ultramarathon.
What animal is that?
Japanese shrew mole
Eurasian water shrew
The Pyrenean desman is a small nocturnal mammal related to moles and shrews, and is one of only two surviving species of the tribe Desmanini, along with the Russian desman. Its range centers on northwestern Spain and northern Portugal. Pyrenean desmans have long sensitive noses, and small front paws but large webbed back paws. They can close off their nostrils and ears with valves in order to stop water penetration, and use echolocation.
This tower is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Lisbon. What was it used for?
it is a watchtower
it is a water tower
it is a lift
it is an execution tower
The Santa Justa Lift connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Carmo Square. Since its construction, the Lift has become a tourist attraction in Lisbon. Among the urban lifts in the city, Santa Justa is the only remaining vertical one.
A rooster from Barcelos is a symbol of which state?
The Rooster of Barcelos (Portuguese, "Galo de Barcelos") is one of the most common emblems of Portugal. The legend of the Rooster of Barcelos tells the story of a dead rooster's miraculous intervention in proving the innocence of a man who had been falsely accused and sentenced to death.
Which city was the capital of Portugal in 1808-1821?
Rio de Janeiro
In 1808, King Jan VI fled to Brazil before the Napoleonic invasion. John VI returned to Lisbon in 1821 to suppress the revolution directed against the monarchy.