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Top 10 places in Porto
Our app features the history of 85 monuments and great sites including places to discover Porto. Here is a selection of the top 10 monuments of the city, with an extract of the texts available in the application and written by our teams of specialists. For full content, download our Android and iPhone Guide and start creating your travel journal for your stay at Porto
The least we can say is that it is not beautiful. Its construction began in 1110: it was of Romanesque style; It was a cathedral-fortress, a necessity during this troubled period. Then it was very often restored; A funeral chapel was added in 1333, where the hospitality knight João Gordo rests,... Read more
This station was built between 1900 and 1916, where the former Benedictine monastery of the 16th century was located. São Bento; Victim of a fire, the monastery had been rebuilt but was in very poor condition at the end of the 19th century. The architect of the station, José Marques da Silva, built... Read more
This railway bridge, named in honor of Maria Pia of Savoy, was built by Gustave Eiffel and his associate Theophile Seyrig in 1877. It was the first railway bridge crossing the Douro River. It was the bridge to a longest arch of its time: it is 353m long and 60 m high. The constraints were of size:... Read more
The castle "cheese" was so named because built on a rock that had the shape of a cheese; It was a place of worship for the Draganes, a tribe which came to the 6th century. BC. In the 15th century, a fort was built in this strategic location at the mouth of the Douro River. The current fort was... Read more
The town hall of Porto was built on the project of Correia da Silva; This building was part of an expansion plan for the civic center designed by Barry Parker. The Praça Humberto Delgado, the Avenida dos Aliados and the Praça da Liberdade, which extend the town hall, have been developed.... Read more
The name of the church honors the Visigoth Ildefonso, bishop of Toledo from 657 to 667. It was built from 1709 to 1739; Texts give the names of the masons, carpenters, blacksmiths who worked on the site, but not architects! The facade, decorated by the portal and the windows, is very original,... Read more
The Avenue of the Allies of the First World War is a sumptuous architectural ensemble: there are many bourgeois stone buildings, topped with domes and arrows, with a rich decoration. The building of the first insurance company, the National, bordering the Freedom Square, was built by Marques d... Read more
On May 13, 1917, three young shepherds told that they had seen the Virgin, that she had spoken to them and asked to return the 13th days of the following months. During the last apparition, on October 13, one of the children, Lucia, heard Mary reveal 3 secrets, one of which is an evocation of hell... Read more
It was built between 1881 and 1886 by Théophile Seyrig, and it is obvious that it resembles much the bridge Maria Pia of which it is one of the directors: it also has a single arch that rests on two pillars. It was inaugurated in 1886 by King Luis I. At the same place was first a first bridge built... Read more
It was built in 1842 by the association of shopkeepers of the city, on the ruins of the 13th century São Francisco monastery, destroyed shortly before by a fire. The style of the architect Joaquim da Costa Lima is a very austere neo-classical style, at least on the outside, marked by a certain... Read more
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