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Welcome To Porto #2: Historical and Must-see Spots

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Porto is a magical city. We say this not only because of the way it looks like, its cultural dimension, the charming people – Porto is magical because of the way it makes us feel. It’s something that goes beyond comprehension or reason, something that has to do with the emotional side of life. What makes Porto so distinctive is the same matter that forms our most memorable dreams, making it unique and inspirational. Let’s meet some of its historical and must-see spots!

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São Bento Train Station

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This amazing building dates from 1893. It is majorly famous for the tile panels on the inside, depicting historical scenes. The tiles were installed between 1905 and 1906 by Jorge Colaço, a renowned Portuguese artist. São Bento is located in the heart of the city, near Aliados’ Avenue.

Praça Almeida Garrett, 4000-069 Porto

Casa da Música

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Designed by the dutch Rem Koolhaas, master of contemporary architecture and winner of a Pritzker, Casa da Música doesn’t follow conventional patterns and claims itself as a modern artistic landmark. Undoubtedly, a visual soundtrack for the soul.

Avenida da Boavista 604-610, 4149-071 Porto

Carmo’s Church

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One of the most notable examples of Baroque architecture, it was built in the 18th Century. Its façade is covered by a magnificent panel of blue and white tiles, representing the Brown Scapular imposition on Mount Carmel. This is a notable monument where you can feel the history flowing all around.

Praça de Gomes Teixeira 10, 4050-011 Porto

Bolsa’s Palace

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Located at the Infante D. Henrique square, the historical city’s Commercial Association (Stock Exchange Palace) was built in the 19th Century. You have to buy a ticket to visit and there are guided tours available, lasting approximately 45 minutes with several language options (Spanish, French and English besides Portuguese).

Rua de Ferreira Borges, 4050-253 Porto

Aliados’ Avenue

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This avenue is the main one among all that constitute this city. The buildings that surround it go back to the 18th and 19th Centuries, representing an important an impressive architectural landmark for the city. Feel free to get lost in its wonders!

Avenida dos Aliados, Porto

Clérigos’ Tower

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Standing 75 meters tall, it’s the biggest tower in Portugal. It was built in the beginning of the 18th Century and the tower’s staircase has 240 steps that lead to a balcony with a stunning panoramic view of the city and the Douro river. Majestic.

Rua São Filipe de Nery, 4050-546 Porto

D. Luís I Bridge

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Conceived by Gustave Eiffel and finished in 1888, the main bridge of Porto is an easy way to walk to Vila Nova de Gaia and its wineries. All made of iron, the double-decked arch bridge is a popular spot for photographers.

Ponte Luiz I, Porto

Serralves Foundation

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Take a walk at the stunning Serralves Foundation surroundings. It is composed by the museum, a masterpiece built by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, the Art Deco villa and its gardens with pieces of art. One of the most important epicenters in what comes to culture in the city.

Rua Dom João de Castro 210, 4150-417 Porto

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