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Best tiles of Oporto

Best tiles of Oporto

S√£o Bento Railway Station The S√£o Bento Railway Station was built in the early twentieth century on the site of the former S√£o Bento de Av√©-Maria Convent, thus keeping its name. The vestibule is covered with 20,000 tiles (azulejos in Portuguese) illustrated by the painter Jorge Cola√ßo (1864-1942). It is one of the most remarkable […]

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Oporto Tile Tour

Oporto Tile Tour

The intensive use of decorative tiles covering the outside of the buildings in Porto is something the visitor will undoubtedly notice. This usage, intensified by Brazilian emigrants during the nineteenth century, marks the golden period of tiles covering the fa√ßades. The first techniques of hand printing and/or painting were substituted after the industrialisation by mechanical […]

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Ending by the river at Praça da Ribeira

Ending by the river at Praça da Ribeira

Stock Exchange Palace The Stock Exchange Palace construction began in 1842 where the old S√£o Francisco monastery used to stand. The author of the plan is the architect Joaquim da Costa Lima and it reflects the influence of the the English neo-Palladianism. In the central body a vestibule gives access to the Nations yard ,covered […]

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English Neopalladian style in Porto

English Neopalladian style in Porto

Some of the neoclassical sites suggested here are representatives of the English Neopalladian style in Porto, like the Santo Ant√≥nio Hospital building. Building of the Former Casa Pia Franscisco de Almada e Mendon√ßa ordered the construction of this building in 1790, designed by Reinaldo Oudinot. Special mention goes to the central section of the fa√ßade […]

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Porto Neoclassical tour

Porto Neoclassical tour

During the second half the eighteen century Porto underwent great urban and architectural transformations. Jo√£o de Almada e Melo guided the design of a plan to renew the old city and to organize the areas beyond the city walls. The Junta das Obras P√ļblicas (Public Works Department) co-ordinated the works, which were financed by tax […]

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Baroque Palaces and churches

Baroque Palaces and churches

To end this baroque tour we need to visit three more spots: a palace and two more Baroque churches in Porto. They are works of major Baroque masters in Porto: Nasoni, Ant√≥nio Pereira and Carneiro Ad√£o. S√£o Jo√£o Novo Palace This palace was built by the master Ant√≥nio Pereira in the second quarter of the […]

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Clérigos church and tower

Clérigos church and tower

This architectural set was built between 1732 and 1773 by the Irmandade dos Cl√©rigos. Various artists worked on the construction of the church, with a special mention to Nicolau Nasoni and the master mason Ant√≥nio Pereira. The tower that completes the building on its west side is one of Nicolau Nasoni’s master works and is […]

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Porto baroque churches

Porto baroque churches

Several¬†churches¬†attest the Baroque period¬†in Porto. We will visit¬†some of them and¬†leave¬†the end to the best known, because of its¬†tower -¬†the Cl√©rigos Church. Santa Clara Church The Santa Clara church is a building of gothic origin, whose interior is covered in gilt carving from the first half of the eighteenth century. This true Baroque jewel impresses […]

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Cathedral Baroque and Bishop’s Palace

Cathedral Baroque and Bishop’s Palace

The Oporto Cathedral was built in the Romanesque style in the twelfth century and it underwent various changes in the Baroque period. Worthy of notice in the interior are the paintings by Nicolau Nasoni, the gilt carving rentable, and the Sant√≠ssimo Sacramento (Blessed Sacrament) silver altar. Also Baroque and outstanding are the tiles on the […]

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Oporto Baroque tour

Oporto Baroque tour

You can admire the Baroque style in countless and significant buildings of civil and religious architecture in Porto. Architecture such as Antonio Pereira and Nicolau Nasoni gave the city some of the most representative exemplars of the style, completely changing the urban the urban landscape in the seventeen hundreds. Throughout the seventeen and the eighteenth […]

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Oporto medieval churches

Oporto medieval churches

S√£o Francisco Church The presence of the Mendicant Orders in the city dates from the first half of the thirteenth century, when the monasteries of S√£o Francisco and S√£o Domingos began to be built. The walls of these convents enclosed the whole area comprised between Pra√ßa do Infante, Mercado Ferreira Borges, and Rua do Com√©rcio […]

The house of Henry the Navigator

The house of Henry the Navigator

This is the building where, according to legend, Henry, the Navigator was born. It was built in 1325 to house the customs office and members of the royal staff. The Mint was joined to this building at the end of the fourteenth century. It underwent large transformations in 1677 serving as Customhouse up to the […]

D.Fernando Wall – Guindais section

D.Fernando Wall – Guindais section

The second city wall started around 1336 and concluded in 1376. It had a length of 3000 paces and an average height of 30 feet. The wall had many openings that were defended by several towers. The Santa Clara section, restored in the 1920s, presently the most visible, clearly depicts the daring of its execution. […]

House at Beco dos Redemoinhos

House at Beco dos Redemoinhos

House at Beco dos Redemoinhos is one of the most perfect exemplars of civil architecture from the early fourteenth century. Its fa√ßade, half-hidden behind the chancel of the Porto’s Cathedral, used to overlook a lively square of the borough, limited to the west by the Cathedral‚Äôs former ambulatory. Rua de D. Hugo Porto Primitive Wall […]

Oporto Cathedral (Terreiro da Sé)

Oporto Cathedral (Terreiro da Sé)

Constructed in the twelfth century in the Romanesque style, the cathedral shows influences of the Limousin region of France and the Coimbra School. The vestry, the cloisters and the chapel of Jo√£o Gordoholding the notable tomb of the founderdate from the Gothic period. On the outside wall of the northern tower, a bas-relief depicts a […]

Oporto Medieval Tour

Oporto Medieval Tour

The origins of Porto or Oporto, are linked to the Morro da S√© (Cathedral Hill), overlooking the river Douro, where traces of an ancient settlement have been identified. The Romans brought a great boom to a city that was prometed to diocese during the Visigothic period. The city suffered great setbacks after the Moorish invasions, […]

People of Porto

People of Porto

Porto is proud to be known as the “cidado do trabalho” (city of work). In fact, its inhabitants have always been in the front line to defend national causes and greatly contributed to the Portuguese Discoveries as well as to the regions’s economic development as one of the most dynamic areas in the country’s entrepreneurial […]

North of Portugal

North of Portugal

North of Portugal is among the cheapest places to visit in Europe, especially if you avoid Lisbon and the most expensive resorts. If you already met Algarve – the prefered destination for golfers and sunseekers, you might consider heading further North. There are superb beaches along the Portuguese Atlantic coast between Lisbon and Porto, and […]

Hoscars: Best hostels in the world are in Portugal

Hoscars: Best hostels in the world are in Portugal

The Hoscars are the Oscars of the hostel world. In this year Hoscars competition, Portugal knocked last year powerhouse Poland out of the top awards. Portugal gets four hostals in Top Ten, and is the country best represented in the travelers choices.

Discover and explore Porto

Discover and explore Porto

Overlooking the River Douro, Porto is one of the most ancient European cities. One of the most significant aspects of Porto and its historical centre is its landscape, combining harmony with the urban structure and presenting a frame of rare beauty. The city, born and developed from the northern bank of Douro during the Middle […]