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“Great place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Palacio da Bolsa

Palacio da Bolsa
Porto, Portugal
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Ranked #6 of 73 Attractions in Porto
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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“Great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Stunning building and surround area. Great collections of things. Worth visiting. Walking distance to historic churches in the area.

Visited July 2014
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“Porto's old stock exchange”
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 iron chandeliers and metal work throughout the structure are so finely crafted. Each room seems to have its own inspiration and of particular interest is the Islamic-inspired reception room (why? because this style appealed to the room's creators). It is brightly colored with golds and turquise colors, complete with the exquisite caligraphy on virtually every surface. "God is great" is interwoven into all the designs.

In the Judgment room hangs a painting of a pillory (that ost to which the to-be punished were tied before their punishment was administered). The scene offers a look back in time at village life and the community as a whole.

Visited June 2014
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“Stunning!”
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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“Stunning rooms, lovely guide”
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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“Tourist walk part Four.”
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 you can enter and ask when that will be the next guided tour in the language of your choice.

In case you have to wait more than half an hour, I suggest that you go out, and go down the steps, and turn on your right and go again up the steps from the “São Francisco Church” which is the next place to visit on the tour, this to avoid waiting without seeing nothing.

The Stock Market is a nice place to visit it is different end for my personal the nicest thing to see during the visit is the “Gilded Arabian Hall”, but everything depends on the personal taste.
Anyhow worthwhile to made the visit.

Look further for the next part of our tourist walk.

Visited July 2014
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