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Jewellery is Gondomar’s main economic activity, which gave the Municipality the title “Capital da Ourivesaria” (The Jewellery Capital). The art of shaping this precious metal is a legacy that accumulates centuries of history, because there are gold mines in the region.

Filigrana (Filigree), of gold or silver, has a special place among the creations of the local jewellers, making Gondomar the main production centre of these lace jewels. The sector’s prestige and its continuity are ensured by the Centro de Formação Profissional da Indústria da Ourivesaria e Relojoaria (CINDOR), the only school in the country that invests in the training and qualification of future jewellers.

Carpentry, in particular Talha (Woodcarving), was crucial for the Gondomar’s economy. It is an art form that is done with a great skill, by transforming mahogany, oak, walnut wood or lignum vitae wood into delicate sculpted pieces used in furniture typical of this region, in religious ornamentation and in decorative items. Also important is the boat building of the “valboeiros”, a typical vessel of the Douro, named after the parish of Valbom, used for artisanal fishing for shad and lamprey and for transporting people and goods between the riverbanks.

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