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“Their best gem they keep for the end of the tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Palacio da Bolsa

Palacio da Bolsa
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Porto the North Capital of Portugal - Private Tour for 7
Ranked #9 of 243 things to do in Porto
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Owner description: National Monument, located in the historical centre of the City, classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Palacio da Bolsa, built by the Porto Commercial Association on the ruins of the Saint Francis Convent, has become by excellence the Porto city’s drawing room, welcoming the most illustrious visitors, amongst which are Monarchs, Presidents and Ministers from almost every country, transforming this building into the most visited monument in the northern Portugal.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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283 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Their best gem they keep for the end of the tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

We were in doubt whether to go and see it or not. Frankly, terrible heat made us go under the roof, and this was a place close to us. If you are visiting Porto, make this one of your stops. There is a ticket fee and guide takes you in and give explanation. Their Arab room is this final gem, quite extraordinary. Guide told us it was made to impress. And so many years after it was built it serves its main purpose.

Visited June 2013
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Bremen, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

If you get the chance to visit this outstanding place with a guide like ours, from ecotours, you will learn soooo much about Oporto's history. And in fact a real beautiful place!

Visited July 2013
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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Gorgeous with excellent tours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

Fabulous building, used to be the heart of the commercial district. The architecture and design is incredible. The tours are available in multiple languages and add a lot to the visit. Highly recommended!

Visited July 2013
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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Interesting and educational without being dry”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Very informative tour that allows you to learn a little about the history of the place and the monarchy. Found it really fascinating to learn the building is still in use and as you walk into various ornate chambers you were transported back in the past...you could just picture meetings and formal sessions happening. Having just come from Granada, Spain you could totally see the Alhambra influence on the decorations in the Arab Room. (Who spends like 18 years decorating one room? Gorgeously over the top!) Was disappointed that no pictures were allowed and if you miss the tour with your language you might have to wait a bit. Worth the small admission fee.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent tour round a stunning building with interesting history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

For me, the Palácio da Bolsa was the best attraction in Porto. It's an absolutely beautiful building, with numerous decadent rooms designed to impress, which they certainly do. Be aware that there are tours every half hour, so you may have to wait twenty minutes or even longer for your language, if you are unlucky. The history of this building is closely linked with the merchant city of Porto, and it really gives you a glimpse into the past, helped along by all the information from our chatty and entertaining tour guide. Porto as a city is nowadays quite shabby (although still very pretty), and it's difficult to imagine the place as wealthy, so the palace and the tour guide together did a wonderful job of painting an image of the city in bygone days.

There's also a sweet little touristy gift shop.

Visited April 2013
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