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Palacio da Bolsa

Porto, Portugal
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Ranked #8 of 65 attractions in Porto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Palacio da Bolsa The Palacio da Bolsa is located at Rua de Ferreira Borges and this is the Stock Market Palace. There used to be a Convent of... more »
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214 reviews 214 reviews
123 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A true tribute to Portugese craftsmanship and artistic skill, this lovely building used to be a monestary but later, it was "appropriated" for government use (that is when the glass dome over the monk's courtyard was added). The hand-carved, perfectly fitted granite were all done by local masters in their professions. Wooden inlaid floors look lile Escher-inspired art. The wrought... More

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Montreal, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Great place to feel the art and history of the city. The Arabic room is unbelievable and all the wall ornaments, lights and floors are very detailed with different materials from one room to another. Well done and worth the visit.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Got a great deal on entry with American Express. The guide was interesting and the building is really fascinating. You do have to take a tour, but they are frequent. Nothing else like it that I've seen.

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Santa Comba Dao, Portugal
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59 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The Bolsa (Stock Market). Return on your steps towards the “São Bento Rail station”. Once arrived in front of it, turn left and continue downhill towards the “Underground Parking”. Arriving on the “Underground Car Park” you have on your right the “Bolsa” or “Stock market”. The guided tours are in several languages on certain moments, so in case of interest... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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44 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

For permission to see this building you must participate in an escorted tour. The good news is they run every 30-minutes and are conducted in Spanish and English and it is included in your 7 Euro entry fee (I got a discount [5 Euro fee] because I have been riding the red double decker tour bus). While you wait you... More

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Madrid, Spain
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I have walked past this building several times but never entered till this last visit to Porto. An excellent guide showed us the rooms open to the public and the surprise is the Moroccan style room.

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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A monument to the excesses of the gilded age, empty save the excellent restaurant O Commercial. A grandiose structure that now stands empty as times have moved on.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Built by the Chamber of Commerce, the Palacio da Bolsa is an opulent display of wealth and power - worth a visit for the gilt "Arabian" ballroom alone, but greatly enriched by a guided tour with a multilingual and greatly knowledgeable guide. The building of the palacio spanned the reign of half a dozen monarch and the birth of the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The tour was brief (in French and in English) but very nicely and profesionally conducted. We were allowed to take photographs (no flash) - earlier reviews pointed to a rule which seemed to have gone away for us. You may find out a lot about other parts of the city as well - as Bolsa was such an important part... More

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Melbourne, Victoria
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20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This building is only available to view if you pay for a guided tour, which are conducted in multiple languages. We weren't going to, but decided to join at the last minute and we are glad we did. This building is still a working commercial building, so the tour is restricted to only a few areas, but the areas you... More

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