The Building Physics and Construction Technologies Laboratory (LFTC) is located at Guimarães city. Guimarães is located in northwestern Portugal, approximately 350km north of the capital, Lisbon, and about 50km from the second largest city, Oporto. In administrative terms, it is a district made up of 68 townships, occupying an area of 242.32 km2 and including about 160,000 inhabitants.

On the 13th of December 2001, UNESCO granted the Historic City Centre of Guimarães the distinction of “World Heritage Site”
• on the basis of the its strong link to the people and events involved in founding of the Portuguese Nation,
• due to the fact that architectural techniques developed there in the Middle Ages were then spread throughout the country, and
• in view of the evolution of various types of construction present in Guimarães, notably examples from the 15th to the 19th centuries.

Guimarães is marked in the adjacent map

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