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Sical
Sical
Cafés
Address: Praça D. Filipa Lencastre, 34, 4050-259 Porto
Founded in 1947, this café's interior is lined with tiled panels by Júlio de Resende and an exquisite António Quadros painting. The views are complemented with a refined selection of pastries and sandwiches along with freshly-squeezed juices, teas and, of course, Sical-brand coffee. Although this is an old building, the renovation work in 2006 has given it a fully contemporary feel with its light-coloured furniture and clean lines.
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Casa da Rua de São Miguel
Monuments
Address: Rua de São Miguel, 4, 4050-559 Porto
Crossing the Rua de S. Bento da Vitória and the Rua de São Miguel you will find the House of Rua de São Miguel, on no. 4. The tiles dating from the 19th century that cover it and make it so special and different depict episodes from the life of Our Lady and general everyday life scenes. The street called S. Miguel was one of the main streets within the Olival New Jewish Quarter, created in 1386 following the instructions of the king D. João I.
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Depósito de Materiais da Fábrica das Devesas (old ceramics warehouse)
Depósito de Materiais da Fábrica das Devesas (old ceramics warehouse)
Monuments
Address: Rua José Falcão, 199, 4050-317 Porto
The building was constructed from 1899 to 1901, by initiative of António de Almeida Costa, the founder of the Devesas Ceramics Factory, and served as Porto's warehouse and showroom for the ceramic materials produced at the factory in Vila Nova de Gaia. Its originality is based on a combination of smooth and relief-pattern tiles decorating its entire main façade and the façade on Rua da Conceição. Another distinctive characteristic accentuating the building's neo-Islamic character is revealed by the horseshoe-shaped windows and the platband with ceramic merlons interwoven with ceramic vases.
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São Bento Railway Station
São Bento Railway Station
Monuments
Address: Praça de Almeida Garrett, 4000-069 Porto
The S. Bento Railway Station was built at the beginning of the twentieth century on the exact location of the former Convent of S. Bento de Avé-Maria. The glass and iron structure was designed by the architect Marques da Silva. The vestibule is adorned with twenty thousand tiles painted by Jorge Colaço that illustrate the transport evolution and events of Portuguese history and life.
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Bank of Materials
Bank of Materials
Museums and Theme centres
Address: Praça de Carlos Alberto, 71, 4050-157 Porto
The Bank of Materials is installed in the Palace of the Viscounts of Balsemão, with a new concept of visitable reserve, showing the public the various aspects aimed at safeguarding the City characterizing materials of such as tiles, plaster, iron, etc.
In this sense, the general public can enjoy the exhibition of various decorative and constructive pieces that integrate, very expressively, the Porto architecture, differentiating it. The Bank of Materials collects materials from degraded buildings, to be demolished or altered, in order to make them available free of charge for the recovery of the facades missing some elements of the same type. Thus, the Bank of Materials, promotes the maintenance of the urban image of Porto.
The guided tour to the venue is free but advance booking is required.
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Cathedral
Cathedral
Religious venues
Address: Terreiro da Sé , 4050-573 Porto
Discount cards: Porto Card
Construction dating from the twelfth/thirteenth century, in Romanesque style, that has been enlarged and renewed over the years up to its final setting, in the twentieth century, resulting in an idealized reconstitution of the medieval cathedral. Special mention goes to: the Gothic São João Evangelista Chapel and the cloister, from the fourteenth century; the enlargement of the main chapel, the Santíssimo Sacramento Chapel and its silver altar, from the eighteenth century (mannerist); the eighteenth century Baroque frescos in the main chapel and the sacristy, by Nicolau Nasoni, and the tiles in the cloister, by Vital Rifarto; the sculpture in the Baptism Chapel, by Teixeira Lopes (father) from the nineteenth century.
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Chapel of Almas
Chapel of Almas
Religious venues
Address: Rua Sta. Catarina, 428 , 4000-444 Porto
Chapel built at the beginning of the eighteenth century. From the same period is the image of Nossa Senhora das Almas (Our Lady of the Souls), which is inside. In 1929, the entire exterior was covered with tiles representing scenes from the life of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Catherine. Those tile panels were recovered in 1982.
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Chapel of Fradelos
Chapel of Fradelos
Religious venues
Address: Rua Guedes de Azevedo, 50, 4000-271 Porto
Inaugurated in 1893, it is a rectangular construction with a single nave with religious neoclassical architecture, completed by a bell tower and two elongated lateral bodies. The main facade, as well as its interior, has blue and white tiles designed by Jorge Colaço. In its interior, focus goes to the plastered ceiling which is decorated with golden centred medallions.
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Church of Corpo Santo de Massarelos
Church of Corpo Santo de Massarelos
Religious venues
Address: Largo do Adro , 4050-016 Porto
Construction began in 1776 and it has a niche with the patron saint, São Pedro Gonzalez Telmo, also known simply as São Telmo. The rear façade, facing the river, bears the Cross of Christ and a tile panel, symbolic of the Age of Discovery, featuring Prince Henry.
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Church of Ordem Terceira de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
Church of Ordem Terceira de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
Religious venues
Address: Rua do Carmo, 4050-164 Porto
Church built in the second half of the eighteenth century. Due to its architecture and interior carvings, it is considered to be one of the most remarkable buildings of Porto rococo. In 1912, its lateral façade was covered with tiles. The drawings on those tiles were designed by Silvestre Silvestri. They are figurative compositions alluding to the cult of Nossa Senhora (Our Lady). Building designated national monument.
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