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    S Nicolau church

    by solopes Updated Jul 11, 2014

    Burnt in 1758 and rebuilt four years later, this small church close to St Francisco, mixes Neoclassical and Baroque styles. With Rococo decoration it has a reasonable collection of gold and silver pieces.

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    Serra do Pilar

    by solopes Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    Just across the river, in a steep hill, there is the monastery of Serra do Pilar. Though not yet open to public visit, it's the perfect place to stop and enjoy the best sight over the river and Porto.

    It's not difficult to reach, at your right, just before you enter the upper platform of D Luis bridge.

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    Reading in Lifecooler that...

    "Porto Cathedral is the cradle of the city, which has developed from here. It is a must-see monument, because of its artistic treasures. Built in the 12th century in Romanic style, the cathedral has deeply changed throughout time. The facade has two towers and in the middle of them, a rose window. In the inside, the naves have a vault shape. At the en of the central nave, you will find the high choir, illuminated by a Gothic style rose window. The main chapel was built in the 17th century in classic style, dominated by marbles of several colours. The urn with the remains of Holy São Pantaleão, city patron saint, is also a peculiar note worth highlighting."

    ... I must be ashamed! I only saw it from distance. To be honest, I visited it more than 30 years ago, but forgot what I saw. Of course, it will be a priority in my next visit to Porto.

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    Architecture: Azulejo

    by antistar Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    Showing another strong influence on the people of Porto, the tiled (azulejo) buildings reflect the times of the Moors. The first known Portuguese examples of azulejo was imported from Seville in 1503, a city that had until recently been under Moorish control for half a millennia. The tradition continues in Porto to this day, and many of the modern buildings have been embellished only recently. You will find the tiling cropping up all over the place, from the Cathedral to the Sao Bento station, and most prominently on a number of stunning churches, like the impressive Almas Chapel pictured.

    Almas Chapel, Porto

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    Architecture: Neo-Classical

    by antistar Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    Probably the architectural area that abounds most in Porto is the Neo-Classical. It gives the city a peculiarly English feel, with buildings that wouldn't look out of place in Victorian London. Many of these buildings, like the Santo Antonio Hospital, were built either by or for Englishmen. One of the most striking examples was neither, the Stock Exchange Palace pictured. It was heavily influenced by the English style, but was the responsibility of Joaquim da Costa Lima.

    Stock Exchange Palace, Porto

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    Architecture: Baroque

    by antistar Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    Porto has a fine collection of ostentatious Baroque buildings. My favourite was the Torre de Clerigos, mentioned earlier, but other fine examples exist, like the Terreiro da Se (Bishop's Palace) pictured here. This 13th century palace, adjacent to the cathedral, was remodelled in its current style sometime after 1770. It is absolutely huge, and juts out on the rock over the old town below, casting a grand shadow.

    Bishop's Palace, Porto

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    Igreja dos Clerigos

    by antistar Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    This small oval church is set directly under the Torres dos Clerigos and was built by the same architect. The most impressive part of the church is the marble retable, the structure behind the altar (pictured). You can also get great views of the busy Rua dos Clerigos from the front of the church, staring down the hill at all the busy shoppers.

    Entry is free.

    Retable, Igreja dos Clerigos, Porto

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  • Bantam-sized Art Museum Near Bonfim Church

    by margatemensch Written Nov 13, 2013

    The Antonio Carneiro House Art Museum is very small.However,it has a nice xollection of Portuguese Realistic and Naturalistic oaintings by renowned Portuguese painter,Antonio Carneiro.This 19th Century Portuguese painter was not as innovative as the French painters of his time,nevertheless I still enjoyed his works.My favorite was his"Camoes Reading Lusiadas to the Friars".Another nice art museum is the Marta Sampaio House Art Museun near the Casa da Musica Metro station-also small,but larger than the Carneiro with excellent Naturalist wprks ny Aurelia Da Souza and Arturo Loureiro.

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  • Fine 19th Century Portuguese Art in Porto

    by margatemensch Written Nov 13, 2013

    Today,I visited the Soares Dos Reis Art Museum.Its collection of 19th Century Portuguese Paintings is its forte.It emphasizes Portuguese Realistic and Naturalistic paintings plus fine sculpture by Soares Dos Reis("Saint Joachim")There are fine portraits by these Portuguese paunters,hust to cite a few:Francisco Rezende,Joao Correia("Black Man"),Julio Costa,and Aurekia da Souza.There are fine genre scenes by these Portuguese painters just to mention a few:August Roquemont,Silva Porto("Loading the Flock"),and Marquis da Oliviera.There are fine landscapes by Joao Vaz,Henrique Pousao("Saint Sauves,Landscape",my favorite one)and Arturo Loureiro.There are fine cityscapes of this splendid city,Porto by Joaquim Lopes and Dordio Gomes.Their collection of Non-Portuguese paintings is miniscule,alrhough I liked 2 portraits by French painter,Francois Clouet.In general,the Portiguese painters were less inventive than their French contemporaries,nevertheless I liked this art very much.

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    Museum of Soares dos Reis. Portuguese Art.

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 5, 2013

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    Museum is situated in the Carrancas Palace built in the end of XVIII century. It was founded in 1833 during the Portuguese civil war of 1820-1834 between so-called liberals and absolutists. Since 1832 the former King of Portugal Pedro IV who was also former Emperor of Brasilia under the name Pedro I became the leader of liberals who won the Civil war. That’s why the tour starts from the exhibition dedicated to Don Pedro. You can see his portrait and his uniform of officer of Casadores (light infantry).
    When Portugal became the Republic then new government conducted the reform of Portuguese museums in 1911. It was decided to give this museum the name of outstanding Portuguese sculptor Antonio Suares dos Reis the author of famous statue of “The exile”. The same time museum receives some of his sculptures because according to government decision museum had to be specialized on the fine arts. That’s why now you can see there nice paintings and sculptures and also decorative arts.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Regular tickets – 5 euros.
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    Tuesday: from 14.00 to 18.00
    Wednesday through Sunday: from 10.00 to 18.00
    Closed on Mondays, 1st of January, Easter Sunday, 1st of May and 25th of December

    Count A. Raczinski, by Augusto Raquemont, 1845 Portrait of J. Madureira by Artur Laureira, 1920
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    National Museum of Soares dos Reis

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 3, 2013

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    Museum is situated in the Carrancas Palace built in the end of XVIII century. It was founded in 1833 during the Portuguese civil war of 1820-1834 between so-called liberals and absolutists. Since 1832 the former King of Portugal Pedro IV who was also former Emperor of Brasilia under the name Pedro I became the leader of liberals who won the Civil war. That’s why the tour starts from the exhibition dedicated to Don Pedro. You can see his portrait and his uniform of officer of Casadores (light infantry).
    When Portugal became the Republic then new government conducted the reform of Portuguese museums in 1911. It was decided to give this museum the name of outstanding Portuguese sculptor Antonio Suares dos Reis the author of famous statue of “The exile”. The same time museum receives some of his sculptures because according to government decision museum had to be specialized on the fine arts. That’s why now you can see there nice paintings and sculptures and also decorative arts.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Regular tickets – 5 euros.
    Open:
    Tuesday: from 14.00 to 18.00
    Wednesday through Sunday: from 10.00 to 18.00
    Closed on Mondays, 1st of January, Easter Sunday, 1st of May and 25th of December

    Pedro IV by John Simpson Uniform of Pedro IV Main staircase Soares dos Reis sculptures Count Ferreira by Antonio Soares dos Reis
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    Open Top Tour Bus.

    by alectrevor Updated Jul 11, 2013

    There are two bus companies that run open top tour buses around Porto. I used the red bus, fare 13 euro , hop on hop off. They give you ticket to visit two Port wine Places.,i believe you could actually visit anywhere for free anyway. The tour goes both sides of the river giving great views of Porto. Commentary in several languages.

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    Eiffel's hand

    by solopes Updated Feb 1, 2013

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    The old bridge of D. Luis, still in use, is one of the landmarks of Porto.

    Though far from the spectacularity of the Eiffel tower in Paris, the geniality of the master is undeniable, and the style easily recognizable. The lower platform is great to allow a walking visit of Gaia's caves where Port wine invites you.

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    Porto City Hall.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 8, 2012

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    Porto City Hall is obe of the most dominant buildings in Porto and is a classical building from the early 20th century.
    It is sitting on top of the Alliados Avenue and looks very majestic over the old part of town.
    Personally i can not really decide whether i think it's pretty or ugly, but it's surely not a building you can miss if you walk through the center of Porto.

    Porto City Hall.
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    The statue of Vimara Peres.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 3, 2012

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    When you arrive to the cathedral of Porto you will see a statue of guy sitting on a horse dressed like a knight.
    That is Vimara Peres who reconqured Porto from the moors in 868.
    He was from Galicia in spain, where he was a duke, but was made count of Portugal after his conquest.
    I am quite sure that most people arriving to the cathedral wonders who that guy on the horse is and now you know.

    The statue of Vimara Peres. The statue of Vimara Peres. The statue of Vimara Peres.
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