Paços do Concelho

The Porto City Hall overlooks the large square of Avenida dos Aliados. The construction of the building started in 1920, it was completed in 1957. Architect of the 70 m high city hall was Correia da Silva

Ponte de Dom Luis I

The imposing arch bridge over the River Douro is the landmark of Porto. Théophile Seyrig, who had previously built the Maria Pia Bridge in Porto together with Gustave Eiffel, designed the 385 m long iron structure. The bridge was opened by King Dom Luis I in 1886. 

Catedral Sé do Porto

The Cathedral of Porto stands on a hill above the old town. The construction of the Romanesque church century began in the 12th century. Although the building was remodeled several times, the Romanesque style of the facade maintained. The interior was not that lucky, it was changed to baroque.

Cloister Sé

The gothic cloister next to the cathedral, is very impressive and decorated with Azulejos. Via a staircase you can can get on the roof of the cloister, where you will find another large wall picture made of Azulejo tiles. 

São Francisco

The 13th century gothic church looks rather simple from the outside, but the interior is an orgy of gold, that makes "São Francisco" the most magnificent church in Porto. On the ceilings, walls and on the altar several hundred kilos of precious metal were applied around the year 1726. Also worth visiting are the catacombs under the church and the treasures of the monastery. 

Santa Catarina

The early 18th century chapel is located on the Rua de Santa Catarina pedestrian street. The facade of the small church was covered with Azulejos in 1929 by Eduardo Leite. The neoclassical interior is famous for the portrait of Nossa Seniora das Almas from the 18th century.  

Igreja dos Clérigos

The 75 m high bell tower of the "Igreja dos Clérigos" is the tallest building in the old town of Porto. In addition, the church stands on a hill, so that you can see the whole city from up here. On the platform, the famous buildings of the city are marked by signs. Built in the 18th century by Niccolò Nasoni, it was the first church in Portugal, built on an elliptical ground plan. The east facade with the main entrance and the Torre dos Clérigos in the west are made of granite, while the other two sides are white plastered.  

Muralha Fernandina

Next to the "Ponte de Dom Luis I" is a section of the 14th century wall. The wall was erected under Fernando I and therefore bears its name. Next to the city wall is a cable car, that surmounts the heights of the Douro River in just a few minutes.

Estação de São Bento

The train station of "São Bento" is decorated with Azulejos by Jorge Colaço in the interior. The station opened in 1916 and was built on the site of a monastery. The central station of Porto, the "Estação Campanhã", is located a few kilometers further to the east. 

Rua das Flores

The beautiful "Rua das Flores" connects the train station "São Bento" with the old town of Ribeira. In the pedestrian zone there are many shops and restaurants, but unfortunately many of the magnificent houses are abandoned.   

Ribeira

The most beautiful part of Portos is the district of Ribeira, on the banks of the Douro. The old town is on the list of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1996. There are numerous shops, restaurants and jetties for cruise ships. 

Mercado do Bolhão

The "Mercado do Bolhão" opened in 1914. The neoclassical market hall, looks a bit run down. Inside there is an open courtyard with market stalls. If you love southern, slightly shabby charm, you can have a good and cheap lunch here.    

Casa da Música

The concert hall of the Dutch star architect Rem Koolhaas was opened in 2005 and offers a wild intoxication of colors, forms and materials in the interior. A great building.

Vila Nova de Gaia

On the other side of the Douro, the storehouses of wineries extend along the Riverfront. Most wine merchants offer guided tours of their cellars, followed by wine tasting. Famous wineries are Sandeman, Graham, Borges, Cálem, Ferreira and others. 

Forte de São João Baptista da Foz

The construction of the fortress "Forte de São João Baptista da Foz" at the mouth of the Douro, was begun in 1570 to prevent a Spanish invasion. In 1580 Portugal was nevertheless conquered by the Spaniards. 

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