As a country with a long history, Portugal is home to several ancient architectural structures, as well as typical art, furniture and literary collections mirroring and chronicling the events that shaped the country and its peoples. There are a large number of cultural landmarks ranging from museums to ancient church buildings to medieval castles, which testify its rich national cultural heritage. Portugal is also home to fifteen UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ranking it 8th in Europe and 17th in the world.
The culture of Portugal is a specific and being influenced by various civilizations that have crossed the Mediterranean and the European continent, or were introduced when it played an active role during the Age of Discovery. In the 1990s and 2000s (decade), Portugal modernized its public cultural facilities, including the Belém Cultural Centre in Lisbon, Serralves Foundation and the Casa da Música, both in Porto, as well as new public cultural facilities like municipal libraries and concert halls.
Portugal is one of the 20 most visited countries in the world. Tourist hotspots are Lisbon, Algarve, Madeira and the city of Coimbra.