The church is mostly known for its wood carving in the baroque style. You will see it everywhere – beautiful cherubs, saints, animals, and flowers can be seen on the ceiling, in the naves, along the windows and columns. Because of such a large number of carvings, that are often glided, it is hard to pay attention to the building itself. This frivolous decor (talhas douradas) was in such a contrast to austerity preached by the Franciscans that the local clergy decided to stop using the church as a place for prayers! The left aisle of the church is the location of the genealogical tree of Jesus Christ.
Port as a symbol.
Porto is famous throughout the world, primarily as home of the well-known port wine. There are more than 40 wineries in the city. They produce port wine – the real pride of local residents. The majority of manufactures are located in the district that is opposite to Ribeira district. It is located on the other bank of the Douro River. If you make an excursion there, for example, to the cellar of one of the most famous firms that make port, Calem, you will learn a lot about the history and the process of making port. Of course, all visitors will be taken for a walk along huge wooden barrels, some of which can hold up to 60,000 liters of wine. The excursion, which lasts approximately 20 minutes, will be completed with its best part - wine tasting!
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