Porto Journals

It isn't just wine!

A travel journal to Porto by Rucas

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Quote: The city of Oporto is situated on the right bank of the River Douro, being the second largest city of the country. Oporto is the regional capital of the northern area.

It isn't just wine!

Overview

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The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides which overlook the mouth of the Douro river,
forms an exceptional urban landscape with a thousand-year history. Its continuous growth,
linked to the sea (the Romans gave it the name Portus, or port), can be seen in its many and varied monuments -- from the Cathedral with its Roman choir, via the neo-Classical Stock Exchange to the typically Portuguese Manueline-style church of Santa Clara.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

Subway is underconstruction. It will be finished by year 2004/5. You may use the many buses that serve the town. There are also some tramways.

Torre Dos Clerigos

Attraction | "Clérigos"

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It was built between 1732 and 1763, by the initiative of the Poor Clergymen Brotherhood. The plan was ordered to the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni. The church’s façade is profusely decorated with baroque elements and the interior has rich wood engravings. The tower is regarded as one of Nasoni’s masterpieces thanks to its harmonious proportions and to its decorative richness, and it became one of Porto’s ex libris. It has 75 meters of high.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2000

Torre Dos Clerigos
Porto
Porto, Portugal

São Bento Station

Attraction

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São Bento station, notable for its azuleijos, the tiled murals that decorate its interior. Edifice built in the early 20th century, in the spot where the São Bento de Ave Maria Convent used to stand. Architect Marques da Silva was the author of the station plan. The spacious hall was totally coated with excellent tile panels by the painter Jorge Colaço, placed in 1916. The tiles illustrate the history of transportation, ethnographic scenes and famous events of the Portuguese History.

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São Bento Station

Porto, Portugal

Church of St Francis (Igreja de São Francisco)

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Attraction | "São Francisco Church."

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S. Francisco Church is a fine example of gothic architecture and one of the oldest religious temples that can be found in Oporto. It was built between 1383 and 1410. In the main façade, two pieces stand out: the rosette and the main door. The former is composed by bright small columns symbolising the Wheel of Fortune while the main door, designed in baroque style (although, not the primitive one) is divided in two, both of which have a salomonic column. The Church’s interiors comprise three distinct wings where you can see golden carved work dating from the first half of the seventeenth century and from the second half of the eighteenth century as well as some works of art from the Renaissance period....Read More

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Church of St Francis (Igreja de São Francisco)
Praca de Infante D. Henrique
Porto, Portugal

São João Theater

Attraction

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The primitive building was built in the late 18th century by initiative of Francisco de Almada e Mendonça and following a plan by the Italian architect Vicente Mazoneschi. A fire destroyed it in 1908 and it was rebuilt three years later. The new theatre was planned by the architect Marques da Silva, and introduced some innovating details in the Porto architecture. For the first time, cement – in its natural colour – was used in the outside coating.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 13, 2000

São João Theater

Porto, Portugal

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The Stock Exchange Palace, another architectural masterpiece, can be found a few meters upwards from where the tram rails end. It was built between 1842 and 1910 and it can be considered as the last example of neo-classic architecture in Oporto. Its Arab Salon is the most well known room due to its decorative magnificence.

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Stock Exchange Palace

Porto, Portugal

Some words about history.

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Story/Tip

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In the area where the river ran through, existed a village called Cale (V Century). Later it is referred to as Portus Cale and Portucale, the origin of the country's name. Oporto was captured by the Moors in 716 and retaken in 1092. The centuries of war depopulated the town. Henry of Burgundy secured the title of duke of Portucalense in the 11th cent., and Oporto thus gave its name to the state that became a kingdom. It was for some time the chief city, although not the capital, of little Portugal. In the XIV Century the city receives a new mural. Though designated as Fernandina, its construction must have happened between the reigns of D. Afonso IV and D. João I...Read More

Oporto bridges.

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Story/Tip

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The development of a city cannot happen without transportation and the River Douro was an obstacle that was only surpassed with the technical progress of the XIX Century. After the Ponte (bridge) das Barcas (1806) and the Ponte Pênsil (1842), in 1877 was built the Ponte Dona Maria, that takes the train from Vila Nova de Gaia to Campanhã. In 1886 is inaugurated the Ponte D. Luis, of Gustav Eiffel. In 1963 The Ponte da Arrabida was open to traffic and, finally in 1992 Edgar Cardoso finishes the construction of the Ponte S. João, that substitutes Ponte Dona Maria in its railway link to Oporto. In the beginning of the XX Century, the establishment of the naval port in Leixões, Matosinhos wa...Read More