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When an intense earthquake hit Portugal in 1755, it destroyed over 90% of the buildings in Lisbon, but much of the northern city of Porto remained unscathed. There are still a large number of incredibly old buildings that make this city enchanting, and their colorful tiled facades sparkle at every turn. Portugal's second-largest city, Porto has become a popular tourist destination, and impeccably renovated buildings can be a stark contrast to the shabbiness of some residential areas where locals can be found catching up at cafés or pinning their laundry to clotheslines that sprawl across balconies and through narrow, winding alleyways.

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