During the time of the Romans, Porto had the name of Portus Cale (in Latin it means 'a warm port') and was the most important city of the country. Porto takes it place on the both banks of the river Douro and is connected with a marvelous bridge. The historical center of Porto has a very special atmosphere and busy life, almost everywhere you have an opportunity to try famous port. Porto has always been known first of all as a working city, but for the last time it's quickly changing into a cultural center of the country.
During the time of the Romans around Porto a huge city wall was created, in the 14th century another wall was built around the Cathedra. Nowadays this double wall is partially ruined, but you still can look at some of its elements, which have left untouched. One of the best places for it is a located on the bank of the Douro area - Ribeira. This area is full of steep streets with ancient houses of pastel colors, narrow and dark alleyways, small yards and coffee terraces. Ribeira is more likely to be an open-aired museum of Portuguese culture, than a residential area. Front of the most of the houses are faced with colorful slabs. Even tablets are made with the decoration from such slabs.
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