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Casa da Musica

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Address: Av da Boavista 604-610, Porto 4149-071, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 22 012 0220
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Description: Casa da Musica was conceived to mark 2001, the year in which Porto was...
Casa da Musica was conceived to mark 2001, the year in which Porto was Cultural Capital of Europe, and it is the first new building in Portugal to be entirely dedicated to music - to the presentation and public enjoyment of music, to music education and to the creation of music. The project took shape in 1999 after the Rem Koolhaas & Ellen van Loon - Office for Metropolitan Architecture won the international architectural competition. Work began in 1999 on the site of Porto's former central tram garage on the Rotunda da Boavista, and Casa da Musica opened its doors to the public on April 15th , 2005. Casa da Musica was planned as a home for all types of music and it is not only part of the urban redevelopment of Porto but also part of a network of cultural facilities, for the city of Porto and for the wider world. Underlying it is an innovative and wide-ranging cultural project, which aims to make an exciting contribution to the national and international music scene, as an arena for all types of musical events - from classical music to jazz, from fado to electronic music, from great international productions to more experimental projects. Besides concerts, recitals and other types of performance, Casa da Musica also organises events for musicians and musicologists and invests in research into the origins of Portuguese music. In addition, it plays a very important role in music education. It is a cultural meeting point between music and other areas of artistic creation and knowledge, providing a space for all kinds of audiences and creators.
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Worthwhile tour!!!!

The history and concept behind the Casa Da Musica is extremely interesting. Concert halls really aren't my thing but the Casa really highlights the power of architecture.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The history and concept behind the Casa Da Musica is extremely interesting. Concert halls really aren't my thing but the Casa really highlights the power of architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit as architecturally a very interesting building anyway. Good views from the terrace of the rooftop restaurant as well. Even better to visit if you get in for a concert as well as it's interesting to see and hear the auditorium in use. It's a very versatile space - very comfortable seating too!

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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I like this building, it's different from all the other buildings in Porto, and it's functional. I think the guided tour is worth it, they tell some peculiar stories about the place. And every time I have the chance I buy a ticket for a concert of the Orquestra Barroca da Casa da Música. The concert hall is amazing, the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

If you like architecture and music then this is the place to go. We didn't get a chance to watch a concert as they take a break for maintenance. However we did go on an ensightful tour with a guide who was very ensightful and helpful. The concert hall is beautiful, I just wish we could have watched a performance... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

i visited on a guided tour- i thought the price was fair to get a good insider view to the architecture of a really interesting building, even without getting into the main auditorium. The guides are architecture/design students, there was also a professional architect on our tour and i'm actively interested in both architecture & design so we got some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

great design, location, feeling. Architecture calling point with great content and so much to see around very good cultural "agenda"

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We weren't quite sure what to expect when we came, but were lucky to come right before the start of an English tour--make sure to look up tour times in advance to get there without having to wait too long. Our tour guide was nice and the building fantastic with a diverse array of rooms and reasoning for the different... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Cost an absolute fortune to build : over-budget by loads and loads. Ugly concrete building. Acoustics maybe good inside but the outside is an eyesore.

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Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

One of the greatest buildings in Porto, architected by Rem Koolhas. I went there once for a concert, and a few times to the Bar, which is a great place to work, study, have small meals, and with free internet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Before we visited Porto, we made sure we booked our tickets to a concert there in advance. It is among the main attractions in the city that locals recommend, so we got both the guided tour tickets, which cost us 6€ per person, as well as the tickets for the current concert. The building was designed by the Dutch architect... More 

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