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Monuments in Porto
Rua de São Filipe de Nery
It is the ex-libris of the city. A masterpiece by the Tuscan architect Nicolau Nasoni, the Tower built between 1731 and 1763 is a magnificent carved stonework, 75 meters high. The 240 steps of the spiral staircase lead to a balcony located in the terminal body and from where you can enjoy rewarding views over the city and surroundings.
Terreiro da Sé
The Sé is the main church in the city of Porto. It was built in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The first mass was held in the year 1120. In the 13th century alterations were made that completely altered the main portal. Rebuilt in the Baroque style, it kept only the rose window of its original construction. Nicolau Nasoni was the author of a galilee on the north façade, and also intervened in the decoration of the sacristy. The interior retains the images of Nossa Senhora da Vandoma (14th century), the "silver altar", an important Gothic cloister, the "old cloister", …
Rua das Carmelitas, 144
Built in a neo-Gothic style, the bookstore has a magnificent façade, formed by a wide arched arch, whose entrance is divided into a central door, flanked by two windows. Over this arch there is a triple window. On the sides of the window, two painted figures by José Bielman stand out, symbolizing Art and Science. Note the lacework that tops the entire building. At the entrance, in the center of the vast room, an ornamental staircase gives access to a higher floor, where some tables serve as support for the exhibition of books. Wooden benches, covered in leather, and shelves …
Rua de Santa Catarina, 112
More than a café, Majestic symbolizes an important part of the city's history. It was inaugurated on December 17, 1921, under the name of Elite. Despite the frenzy of the inauguration, this name did not last, changing from Elite to Majestic, a name more appropriate to the spirit of the regulars. Restored in the early 1990s, it consists of a large rectangular room where, on both sides, there are benches in engraved leather, in front of which are placed tables and chairs. The plaster ceilings are meticulously worked, mirrors are placed on the walls, the floor is marble and an …
Praça do Infante Dom Henrique - Rua da Bolsa, 19
Built by Companhia Aliança (Funição de Massarelos) it is an important piece of "Iron Architecture". It presents numerous constructive and decorative elements that reveal the technical and plastic suitability of iron's potential. In the past it was a fruit market and now a place for exhibitions and other cultural events.
Rua Ferreira Borges
Palácio da Bolsa was built in the mid-19th century by the Porto Commercial Association. In a Neoclassical style, this building reflects the commercial flourishing of the city of Porto. All the compartments on the main floor offer details that prove the enormous sumptuous interest: in the furniture, in the chandeliers and above all in the ceilings, some made of valuable wood. However, all covered with a thin film of gold, the Arab salon is the room that best crowns the large investment of the 19th century Porto bourgeoisie.
Terreiro da Sé
It looks like an ancient relic, but this is not true. This rococo style column is no more than an imitation of an old pillory placed there in 1945, as a decorative item, due to the works done in the Terreiro da Sé.
Praça da Ribeira
A must visit place, the Praça da Ribeira is the widest space in this historical area of the city. Decorated by the fountain of St. John and the controversial "Cube", the square is a place of very popular esplanades and bars.
Rua de São Sebastião
Placed at the Terreiro da Sé, the oratory was part of an ensemble from the Grilos Convent.