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Top 30 most important and famous people from Portugal

My opinion about the most important or famous people from Portugal from the Middle Ages to our days
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Last updated: January 17, 2023
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Visual artist known particularly for her paintings and prints based on storybooks
Paula Rego
Playwright, considered the chief dramatist of Portugal, called the Portuguese Plautus and often referred to as the Father of Portuguese drama
Gil Vicente
The greatest Portuguese poet of all time, author of The Lusiads
Luís de Camões
The greatest Portuguese writer in the realist style
Eça de Queiroz
One of the most significant literary figures of the XX century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language, author The Book of Disquiet
Fernando Pessoa
Writer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998, author The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
José Saramago
Writer, author of Fado Alexandrino
António Lobo Antunes
General of great success who had a decisive role in the 1383-1385 Crisis that assured Portugal's independence from Castile
Nuno Álvares Pereira
The first King of Portugal, who established a new kingdom with the Reconquista
Afonso the Conqueror
King known for re-establishing the power of the Portuguese monarchy, reinvigorating the Portuguese economy, and renewing his country's exploration of Africa and Asia, nicknamed the Perfect Prince
John II
Central figure of XV century European maritime discoveries and expansion
Henry the Navigator
The first European navigator to round the southern tip of Africa
Bartolomeu Dias
Explorer, the first European to reach India by sea
Vasco da Gama
Explorer, discoverer of Brazil
Pedro Álvares Cabral
Explorer, who completed the first circumnavigation of Earth
Ferdinand Magellan
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General, who expanded Portuguese influence across the Indian Ocean and built a reputation as a fierce and skilled military commander
Afonso de Albuquerque
Dictator from 1932 to 1974
António de Oliveira Salazar
One of the major opponents of the dictatorial regime of the Estado Novo. He served as secretary-general of the Portuguese Communist Party
Álvaro Cunhal
Former President and Prime Minister, considered the father of Portuguese democracy
Mário Soares
Consul, who saved 10000 Jews during World War Two, recognized by Israel as one of the Righteous Among the Nations
Aristides de Sousa Mendes
One of the greatest mathematicians of his time, the first to propose the idea of a loxodrome
Pedro Nunes
Neurologist and the developer of cerebral angiography. He is regarded as one of the founders of modern psychosurgery, winner of Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1949
António Egas Moniz
Saint of Catholic Church, priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. Patron of Portugal
Saint Anthony of Padua/Saint Anthony of Lisbon
Female Fado singer, the best-selling Portuguese artist in history
Amália Rodrigues
Footballer, winner of Ballon d'Or in 1965 and legend of Benfica
Eusébio
Footballer, winner of Ballon d'Or in 2000 and legend of Barcelona and Real Madrid
Luis Figo
Footballer, winner of Champions League in 2004 with Porto and in 2006 with Barcelona
Deco
The most famous footballer, five times winner of Ballon d'Or, European champion with Portugal in 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo
One of the most famous football coach, two times winner of Champions League, legend of Inter Milan and Porto
José Mourinho
Marathon runner, first woman to win multiple Olympic marathon medals, and first Portuguese to win Olympic gold medal
Rosa Mota
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