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- Doesn’t look much from outside but inside it is beautiful, you need to go with guide, can’t wander around on your own. Fortunately when we went later in afternoon it wasn’t too busy. Several stunning rooms but the best is kept to last, the Arab room, it alone is worth the entry. I had read about the palace before I went to Porto and it didn’t disappoint, well worth visiting.Written September 22, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Appreciated that the tour included interior rooms as well as the chapel. The climb to top of tower could be a challenge for some, but the views were fabulous. We were lucky, as the organist was rehearsing for an upcoming wedding, so we got to hear the organ is the chapel.Written September 24, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Set beneath the Bolsa Palace which was partly built on the grounds of St. Francisco convent, this is one of the Porto's best. There's a pretty high entry fee (8 Euros if I remember correctly), but it is worth it.
The interiors are unbelievably rich, covered in detailed gilded wood work. Despite the main altar being covered for renovations as many others say here, I still give it 5 as the side chapels are literally stunning.
The ticket enables you to visit a museum and catacombs which were really interesting.Written August 5, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This is a big column in the middle of a traffic circle in a classy part of town by the new Music Hall. We crossed the busy traffic circle and walked right up to is as it is in the middle of a large city park.Written May 27, 2022
- The main initiator of what would be known as the Age of Discovery. Henry was the fourth child of the Portuguese King John I, who founded the House of Aviz. This beautiful statue was in the middle of a very pleasant square in downtown Porto. I must admit that I stumbled on it by accident after our walking tour of Porto had ended.Written July 10, 2022
- A very large statue in the middle of the big Liberdade Square, dedicated to one of the most important kings. It is impressive, a statue of the King.Written May 28, 2022
- Some amazing collections here. Rooms rather too roped off for my tastes so not much like a house . It’s free entry on Saturdays which was good. Labelling was good and photography was allowed.Written February 24, 2020
- To visit nice a part of Porto, the best is to park the car into the “Parque estacionamento SABA – Ribeira - Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 4050-295 Porto - 00351- 22 208 0593.
But let us start with the “Igreja da Misericórdia” do Porto who is located on “Rua das Flores”, has been initially built in the year 1559 in a Renaissance style with Gothic reminiscences. The facade came in April of the year 1621. The church itself was later neglected and for a long time threatened as a ruin. It was only during the 18th century that the attention to rebuilding the church came back. In February of the year 1740, the Santa Casa da Misericórdia Bureau consulted several experts, this to give their opinion on the church's state of security.
But the church was only rebuilt in the year 1748. But it only became available for visits in the year 2015, as part of the Misericórdia Museum of Porto. You can visit the Choir, Central Nave and side rooms (vestry and others). Not that cheap but worth a visit.Written November 24, 2021
- Fantastic example of the thick walled, squat, sturdy Portuguese coastal defensive forts built back in the day when this was one of the most powerful maritime nations in the world with an empire to match.
Beautifully kept this one, I was sad to be too late in the day for guided tours. I'm told you can go in during the day but I had to content myself with a stroll around the outside. More impressive than the cheese fort just down the coast, I thought it was beguiling and one of the highlights of my day spent between Matosinhos and Foz.Written February 17, 2020
- This old jail in the city of Porto, which is located near the “Torre & Igreja dos Clérigos”, is worth a visit. From the jail, its originality was maintained with the characteristics of a jail, which gives nowadays its very special charm, at the place that today functions as the Portuguese Center of Photography. You can enjoy a huge exhibition of a collection of cameras, very interesting. Large building from the end of the century. XVIII, now brings together temporary and other permanent exhibitions.Written November 18, 2021
- One of my favorite lunches on our visit! The grilled sardines were excellent as was the almond pie our server suggested.Written July 20, 2022
- We visited Villar d'Allen which is known for its magnificent grove of camellias. The owner, Dona Isa, is an expert on camellias and one is named the John Allen Camellia. The first floor of the house is kept as it was in 1840. John Allen, educated at Georgetown USA, got into the port production and trade in the 1800s. Dona Isa learned the secrets of blending port from her father-in-law.Written January 7, 2020
- I lived this stunner of a building that simply oozes character and history. It was the town hall once upon a time and is adjacent to the equally beguiling Sè or Cathedral.
As it was once the most important building in Porto, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by it's resilient elegance. From the plaza in front the Casa de Camara is simply magnificent and adds hugely to the experience of climbing up to see the cathedral complex.
I believe a lot was done to save it from dereliction back in the day, I'm so glad they did because its ibe of my favourite things I've seen in Porto.Written February 17, 2020
- I loved my haircut at Barbearia Tinoco. The place itself is gorgeously old school - marble, antique trimmers / hair cutting tools as decorations, selection of port wines in the back, etc. The haircut itself is also fantastic - well thought out and well executed. Anna cut my hair and was also a great conversationalist helping the time go by quickly. Would definitely come backWritten October 11, 2021
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