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Portas da Cidade

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"The Portas da Cidade (City Gates) are the iconic image of Ponta Delgada. They're what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris or the Statue of Liberty is to New York City. The gates were originally built along the water in the 18th century. They were moved to Gonçalo Velho Cabral Square when Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, the main road along the waterfront, was constructed. The gates have three arches that feature the Royal Coat of Arms and the City Coat of Arms. Be sure to return at night when the gates are lit up."
"The city gates and main square, a hub for shops and restaurants."

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