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Alfândega Nova do Porto
Alfândega Nova do Porto
Monuments
Address: Rua Nova da Alfândega- Edifício da Alfândega, 4050-430 Porto
A neoclassical building, built in the scope of the Anglo-Palladian line, in the 19th century, according to a project carried out by the engineer Jean F. G. Colson. It has two facades, one facing the Douro river and one facing the city. Note the structural solutions that resorted to the use of iron in conjunction with other materials - stone, brick or wood - depending on the functionality of the different spaces. In 1987 they decided to install, in the building, the future Museum of Transport and Communications, belonging to the Association with the same name. For this, restoration and adaptation works were carried out in accordance with the project by the architect Eduardo Souto Moura. The Association for the Museum of Transport and Communications (A.M.T.C) also offers an Exhibition and Congress Centre, spread across various areas of Customs, as well as a Training Centre.
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Muro dos Cobertos da Ribeira
Muro dos Cobertos da Ribeira
Monuments
Address: Cais da Ribeira, 4050-510 Porto
Praça da Ribeira was once separated from the Douro River by a section of the Fernandina wall where the main door connecting to the river was opened. Various roofs were opened for this square, and only one remained, on the east side, along the internal side of the wall.
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Palace of Freixo
Palace of Freixo
Monuments
Address: Estrada Nacional 108, 206, 4300-316 Porto
The Palace of Freixo, built in the mid 18th century, is one of the most remarkable monuments of Portuguese civil baroque designed by the architect Nasoni. The palace has a rectangular design and there are prominent turrets on the corners which are covered by slate roofs in the shape of pyramids. The interior of the palace is extremely flush. A lot of the compartments have 'frescos' and well executed stucco ceilings, some with oriental influence. Illusory painting with allegorical themes is commonly used inside the palace and was largely painted by Nasoni himself. The garden was clearly designed according to Italian tradition, with sculptures and a magnificent view over the River. It is now a Pousada de Portugal, preserving the entire façade of its buildings which were classified as a National Monument since 1910. The Pousada consists of two separate buildings that are connected: the Palace and the Harmonia Mill, both of them prepared to house large events and meetings.
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Palácio das Sereias (Palácio da Bandeirinha)
Palácio das Sereias (Palácio da Bandeirinha)
Monuments
Address: Rua da Bandeirinha, 4050-088 Porto
The name that it is known for comes from exotic and gigantic sirens that flank its doorway. The building was constructed in the mid-18th century for residence of the family Portocarrero in a place where an old Jewish quarter was located. The Portocarrero family left the palace in 1809, the time when the populace slaughtered their son deeming him to be involved in the French invasion. Since then the palace remained closed until 1955, being sold to the Institute of the Daughters of Charity (Instituto das Filhas da Caridade) that set up there the college Casa Madalena de Canossa which still runs in present days.
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Piers of the Suspension Bridge
Piers of the Suspension Bridge
Monuments
Address: Cais da Ribeira Porto
Work of the French firm Claranges Lucotte and Company. It was inaugurated in 1843 and fulfilled the need of a permanent bridge connecting Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It was said, however, that the bridge shook like "green sticks" and this feeling of insecurity contributed to its short 44yr existence. It was deactivated in 1887 and replaced by Ponte Luis I. Currently, only two stone, obelisk shaped pillars remain.
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Monument Church of S. Francisco de Assis
Monument Church of S. Francisco de Assis
Religious venues
Address: Rua do Infante D. Henrique , 4050-297 Porto
Discount cards: Porto Card
The city's most important Gothic temple, whose construction began in the fourteenth century. It is one of the most important works of the Baroque, by its gilded interior from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It was the exuberance of its gild carved wood work that led Count Raczinsky to describe it as the 'Church of Gold'. And, overwhelmed, he adds: 'The gild of this church is so beautiful and rich that goes far beyond everything I have seen in Portugal and in the whole world'. It is worth of notice the Tree of Jesse, as well as the catacombs. It is a National Monument since 1910 and World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO since 1996.
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Port Wine Museum
Port Wine Museum
Museums and Theme centres
Address: Rua de Monchique, 45-52, 4050-394 Porto
Discount cards: Porto Card
The Port Wine Museum is settled on the ground floor of the Cais Novo warehouse, a building from the seventeenth century which was built to be the wine deposit of the Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro (General Company of Agriculture of the Alto Douro Vineyards). This museum is dedicated to the study of the relevance of Port Wine and its trade to the development of the city. Porto's history cannot be dissociated from the history of the wine that made the city famous worldwide. It conditioned the city's cultural, architectural and social growth. The Museum is intended to be a memory of all those influences and transformations, and at the same time, it conveys the history of the three Portos brought together: Porto the city, Porto (Port) the wine, and Porto the Douro river harbour.
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Porto Cruz Space
Porto Cruz Space
Museums and Theme centres
Address: Largo Miguel Bombarda, 23, 4400-222 Vila Nova de Gaia
Discount cards: Porto Card
Project celebrating Port Wine culture, combining contemporaneity and tradition and settled in a building from the eighteenth century, recovered to offer modern and wide spaces for leisure, shopping and exhibitions. It includes a Porto Cruz and DALVA wines boutique, also with books and objects dedicated to wine, an exhibitions room and a lounge terrace offering a 360° visual experience over the River Douro and Ribeira.
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Press National Museum
Press National Museum
Museums and Theme centres
Address: Estrada Nacional 108, 206, 4300-316 Porto
Discount cards: Porto Card
Opened in 1997, this is a living museum, with dozens of working machines, which can be used by visitors to practice the old arts of composing and printing. There are three major sections: pre-printing, printing and perfecting. The Rodrigo Álvares Room is a tribute to the first Portuguese printer, who printed two books in Porto, in 1497. The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery constant displays exhibitions illustrating the social, educational and cultural importance of Press and Graphic Arts. The Cartoon represents one of the Museum's main lines, materialised in the International Cartoon Gallery and in the yearly Porto Cartoon-World Festival, considered to be one of the three major cartoon festivals in the world.
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Tram Museum
Tram Museum
Museums and Theme centres
Address: Alameda de Basílio Teles, 51, 4150-127 Porto
Discount cards: Porto Card
Opened in 1992, it houses a collection of trams and other support vehicles that once circulated in Porto and which have marked the history of urban rail transport in the city. Also making part of the museum's collection is an American car, with animal traction, having circulated for the first time in Porto in 1872. Located in the former power station of Massarelos, the museum also includes a power processing central from the early 20th century. It offers educational and entertainment services, spaces and trams rental service, events organisation and a documentation centre. Once the museum has its exhibition closed, its rooms for events are closed as well, and therefore we suggest contacting the museum in order to get information on alternative services for the organizing of your event.
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