Who We Are

The Friends of Olivença Group – Patriotic Society (GAO in Portuguese), is a national, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization with patriotic, cultural, historical, and charitable purposes, being open to all those interested in the Olivença Issue and in Portugal.



History of Olivença

The origin of Olivença is linked to the Christian reconquest of the border region near Elvas by the Knights Templar from the Kingdom of Portugal, around the year 1230. In this territory, the Order established the commandery of Oliventia, erecting a temple to Santa Maria and building a castle.


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