Avenida Dos Aliados

Avenida Dos Aliados is a boulevard that slopes down from the City Hall and is considered the monumental heart of Porto. The City Hall was built in 1920 and is a very large building that has a bell tower that measure 70 meters high. The building was made of marble and granite and shows the influence of French and Flemish architecture. There is a modernist statue of the Portuguese writer Almeida Garrett in front of the building.

The boulevard is lined with imposing buildings that contain the major banks of the city and some hotels. Its central promenade was remodeled by Alvaro Siza Vieira in 2006. This architect also designed the Serralves Museum in the city. There are many cafes that line the boulevard. There is a tourist office near the City Hall.

The other end of the avenue has the Praça da Liberdade, a square adorned with a statue of King Pedro IV on a horse. This statue was created by the Belgian sculptor Antoine Calmels between 1862 and 1866. The statue shows the King offering the Constitutional Charter to Oporto.