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Welcome to the DGPC website

The main goal of this website is to facilitate widespread access to information about different operation areas under the direct responsibility of the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage. It gives an insight into Cultural Heritage contents such as urban built heritage, architectural and archaeological heritage, movable and intangible heritage, museums and monuments.

This is a privileged instrument for the DGPC to reach out to the public, along with a weekly newsletter and a presence in the social media, giving priority to updated information and comprehensive contents. We hope it will meet your expectations and welcome any suggestions you might like to make in order to improve it.

Who we are?

The Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC) is responsible for managing the cultural heritage in mainland Portugal. A large team covering virtually all technical and scientific areas is based in Lisbon (central services) and in museums and monuments located in Lisbon, Mafra, Alcobaça, Batalha, Tomar, Coimbra and Porto. Amongst our responsibilities are the management of the architectural and archaeological built heritage – in urban and rural areas – , including conservation works in monuments under our care; management of National Museums, World Heritage monuments and museum collections; study, research and dissemination of heritage information; conservation and restoration of movable heritage assets as well as research, dissemination of results and awareness raising about heritage protection issues.

What we do?

The following are our three main action areas:

· Knowledge, conservation, enhancing and dissemination of the architectural, archaeological, movable and intangible heritage, as well as development and implementation of the national museum policy.

· Management of monuments and museums under our care, including monuments inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

· Permanent liaison with public and private entities, in Portugal and abroad, in areas ranging from legal effect measures to supervision, scientific research, education and training and land use planning.


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