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Culture of Porto. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Porto Perhaps, a beautiful cathedral built in the 12th century is the most famous landmark of Porto. The religious site is located in the center of the city and has a very interesting story. More than 8 centuries ago a large fortress was standing on the site of the cathedral. Many times the fortress saved the residents of the city during the times of war. Later the building was reconstructed into a beautiful cathedral. Today the cathedral is decorated with beautiful stained glass windows and frescoes. The massive silver altar remains the main decoration of the sacred place.
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Torre dos Clerigos is a no less amazing symbol of the city. The top of the tower is equipped with a spacious observation deck. All visitors are welcome to climb to the top of the tower and examine the beautiful city in detail. Among other prominent attractions of the city we should definitely mention Town Hall, Bishop's Palace and the house of the city’s exchange - each of these building is a true architectural masterpiece.
Porto is also home to one of the most beautiful bridges in the country, which connects the city and Vila Nova de Gaia. An openwork arc, which length estimates 172 meters, was designed by the world-renowned engineer Eiffel. There is a special area for pedestrians on the bridge, so don’t forget to visit this place – a walk in this places will become a real pleasure. Fans of walks should not forget to visit the local botanical garden, which is also the oldest one in the country – the garden was founded in 1772. The visitors of this attraction have an opportunity to see rare flowers and plants, a collection of which was gathered for about one hundred years. Copyright
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Art lovers should not forget to visit Soares dos Reis Museum, which exhibits a collection of works by contemporary sculptors and painters. You can learn a lot about the culture and history of the city in Museum of Ethnography. The suburban areas of Porto are also home to several attractions. The village of Vila Nova de Gaia is the location of Museum of Port. The museum has old cellars, which hold rare varieties of the national drink.
O Porto In addition, locals are famous for their love for football, and it is therefore not surprising that the Museu FC Porto can be found in the city. Here you will be told about the history of the club, which the indigenous people are extremely proud of. The museum is located next to Estádio do Dragão and the Porto football club. There is also the Café Temático here for true fans. In general, this area can safely be called a “football town” – there is an atmosphere of football residing here. Anyone who visits this city, be he a fan of football or not, can feel this unsurpassed atmosphere.
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On Praca dos Leoes is located one of the most beautiful fountains of the capital of Northern Portugal. On the other hand, in the square you can find many interesting houses, and an amazing fountain with lions, right in the center. It is also worthwhile to appraise the modern view of the bridge Ponte Sao Joao and its scale. Other bridges of the city also represent some sort of interest. For instance, Ponte de Dom Luis I attracts romantics being one of the city’s most striking symbols, while Ponte Infante D. Henrique is famous for its modernity (it was built in the year 2003). Nearby you can find a building that has a rich history, Asilo da Misericórdia. The structure seems out of place, considering it is standing in the midst of modern buildings. At the top of the bridge opens up amazing views of the building.
Colores de Oporto Being the home to port, this ancient city attracts tourists with this fact. That notwithstanding, there are futuristic objects here too. For example, the “fishing net” Churro, is one of the best art installations in the pearl of Portugal and one of the best installations of modern art. But then again, Palácio de Cristal will be an excellent addition to an amazing time in the city. The thing is that you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the River Douro and the city itself, from right here. The place which stood the former fortress is today occupied by a shopping pavilion. The park is so good that if you just could, you would walk there for all eternity.
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Another building you will find fascinating in terms of architecture is Casa da Viscondessa de Santiago de Lobao. A magnificent garden, wrought-iron gates, luxury in the style of Art Nouveau fascinates from the very first minutes. All this together with atmospheric views makes the building unique and definitely worth visiting. The mini palace Palacete do Barão de Nova Sintra is yet another beautiful architectural structure that you can find in the capital of Northern Portugal. There is an amazing park here where you can have a good rest, while also admiring the views of the building (although it would be only during working hours of state institutions, since the building and the adjoining park now belongs to the government).
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Porto Cathedral, Porto

» The Porto Cathedral is the oldest and most revered in the city. It started to be built in 1110. An urban settlement was gradually growing around it.
»  For centuries, a lot of interesting events took place at the cathedral. In 1387, King John I and English Princess Philippa of Lancaster got married.
»  The son of John I, Henry, was baptized here. He was called “a sailor”, although he never took part in expeditions but organized such voyages.
»  Today, only facade with a Gothic rose and battlements is all that remains of the original cathedral.
»  In 1333, a funeral chapel was built here. The Knight of Malta Joao was buried here.
»  Near it, a monastery was constructed. In the 17th century, Portuguese artists created a silver altar at the cathedral. It weighs 800 kilos. The interior of the halls is designed in the medieval style.

Clerigos Church, Porto

» The Clerigos Church was built in 1750 by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni. The construction lasted for 18 years. Nasoni built a bell tower, the Torre dos Clerigos, behind the church in 1763.
»  During the construction, the architect joined the Brotherhood of the Clergymen. When he died in 1770, he was buried in the crypt of the church.
»  The church and the tower are designed in the baroque style and decorated with carved elements and statues of saints. The walls on the ground floor are 2 m thick.
»  The bell tower is 76 m high. It is seen from afar. The tower has long been a reference point for navigators.
»  You can get up the spiral staircase and reach the top of the tower. There is an observation platform.
»  In 1910, the Torre dos Clerigos was declared a national monument.

Bolsa Palace, Porto

» The Palacio da Bolsa was built on the ruins of a monastery. The construction began in 1842. The building was intended for trade.
»  It had been constructed for a long time, so the interior was finished only in 1910. In the palace, there are a lot of rooms that have a unique name and design.
»  The biggest room is called “Nations' Courtyard”. Its ceiling is a glass octagonal dome. On the dome, there are emblems of countries Portugal traded in the 19th century with.
»  There are also the Tribunal Room and the Assembly Room. The Golden and Arab Rooms decorated in the Moorish Revival style are the most impressive. Here, important political figures and noble guests are hosted.
»  It is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
»  In other rooms, there are paintings, sculptures, beautiful pieces of furniture, and dishes.

Museum of Transport and Communications, Porto

Location on the map:   Facts: » In Porto, there is a customs agency in the building built in the 19th century. A museum was opened here.
»  Exhibits tell about the development of transportation lines in the country. The collection of items withdrawn from smugglers also narrates about the customs service. Golden bars, weapons, embalmed animals are not all seized exhibits.
»  In the Notification Sector, you can learn about how a hearing, smell, sight, and touches help communicate with a living being.
»  In the Communication Center, visitors can learn about codes, sign language, the Morse code, Braille for visually impaired and blind people, and secret ciphers.
»  The chapter about officials’ cars will carry you back in time. There is a car park where you can see different cars from the first hydrogen-fueled vehicles to Mercedes that belonged to the President until 2013. The museum is also proud of the first passenger car delivered from Paris in 1895.
»  In the customs library that houses about 20 000 books, you can learn about the government of the 19th century. There are also documents of the 17th century.

Crystal Palace, Porto

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Crystal Palace in Porto was built in 1865 when the Worldwide Exhibition was held. It resembles the palace in Hyde Park which was also built for hosting the Worldwide Exhibition in 1851.
»  The Crystal Palace has long disappeared. At its site, a big multifunctional pavilion with a glass roof was built. Here, different events and festivals for adults and children are held.
»  The park around it impresses with alleys and flowerbeds, walking peacocks, and comfortable benches. There are a lot of sculptures in the ancient, classical, and modern avant-garde styles.
»  In the park, there is the Rose Garden, the Scented Garden, and the Romantic Museum. In the late 19th century, the fugitive King of Sardinia, Carl Albert lived here with his family. Nothing - old furniture, the collection of paintings, and tapestries - has changed since the king’s death.
»  On the ground floor, there is a port wine saloon and taste this famous Portuguese drink.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Porto

Porto Cathedral (se Catedral)
Torre Dos Clerigos
Where: Rua Sao Filpe Neri, Porto, Porto; Telephone: +351 (0)22 200 17 99; Tickets: Tickets to the tower are 2 Euro.;
Port Wine Caves At Vila Nova De Gaia
Bolhao Market
Where: Rua Fernandes Tomás, Porto, Porto;
Soares Dos Reis National Museum
Where: Rua Dom Manuel II 44, Porto; Telephone: +351 (0)22 339 37 70;
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Porto
♥   Palace 'Palacete dos Viscondes de Balsemão' , 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palácio dos Carrancas' , 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palacete Pinto Leite' , 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palácio das Cardosas' , 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palácio de São Bento da Vitória' , 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palácio do Bolhão' , 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palacete de Belomonte' , 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Porto and around
♥   Art museum 'Serralves' Porto, 3.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Porto
♥   Sé Catedral de Santa Maria, Braga, 47.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sé Catedral de São Domingos, Aveiro, 56.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sé Catedral de Santa Maria Maior, Viana do Castelo, 62.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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