Convento de Monfurado

 Convento de Monfurado 

If you've been to Portugal before, you must have noticed: the different variations of colors, styles and materials that make Portuguese architecture truly atypical and unique.

Palacio de Maiorca

Roman, Muslim, Romanesque and Gothic influences marked the country as did movements in Europe during the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods. But the most typical architectural styles of Portugal are the Manueline or Pombalian styles and later estado novo. Today, there are archaeological collections, medieval towns and cities, castles, palaces, monasteries, aqueducts, mansions and even businesses which are unfortunately abandoned. 

Heritage protection and enhancement

Today DE BRITO Properties wants to offer a new vision of Portugal to its clients. The agency wishes are to develop research, diffusion and above all the preservation of Portuguese architectural heritage. This is why we decided to launch an awareness campaign on heritage preservation.

Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Seiça

Indeed, the country has a very rich architecture, with a history which concerns the whole world. Between wars, invasions, conquests, colonizations, dictatorships and revolutions, the country has left behind him a great history but also great monuments, more than fifteen being placed in the heritage of UNESCO, whereas the others are known touristic sites and maintained. However, others are still totally abandoned and unknown in some areas.

Igreja aldea de Safira

Authentic Tradition

At present time, three programs are developed by the Portuguese government in order to help the preservation of its heritage.
The first program launched in 2008 is the Law on “Urban Rehabilitation” (Decreto-Lei n.º 95/2019 – DRE) which aims to support the renovation of historic city centers in Portugal, Lisbon and Porto whom have greatly benefited from this law which attracted foreign capital. DE BRITO Properties has been working since 2014, in Lisbon, with Portuguese and foreign real estate promotors who have recovered a lot of abandoned buildings in the city center.
The second program launched in 2012 is the "Golden Visa" (Portaria n.º 305-A/2012) which can act in favor of heritage even if its primary purpose was simply to attract foreign capital to Portugal. Indeed, the authorities have decided to restrict the investment capacities of Golden Visas in cities like Lisbon or Porto. The goal is to attract foreign investors to more rural and less known areas to restore and preserve Portuguese heritage. The effects of this law should be felt from 2021.
The third program launched in 2019 is the “REVIVE” (REVIVE) which lives up to its name: giving new life. This initiative taken by Ministries of the Economy, Culture and Finance, aims to promote the processes of rehabilitation and valuation of 96 abandoned public goods (Forts, convents, monasteries, palaces, castles) by making them able for a new economic activity. The program aims to ensure respect for architectural, cultural, social and environmental values.
"REVIVE" goals are to develop different regions of the country, to create jobs and to restore the national economy. But the objective is also to diversify touristic offers, "we want to move away from traditional destinations" according to the Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho. The Portuguese national tourism agency as well as the banks are already committed to help.

Montemor-o-velho / manor

The agency participates in heritage protection through its agents located all over the country. They set out to conquer these famous lost or abandoned properties in order to identify, evaluate and promote them to our international clients. DE BRITO Properties is now developing a communication campaign on networks with the general public to raise awareness.

Authentic Tradition