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“Good, but didn't quite live up to expectations”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Palacio da Bolsa

Palacio da Bolsa
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$763.29*
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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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 575 helpful votes
“Good, but didn't quite live up to expectations”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

The write-ups on this place glowed, so I was keen to visit. After having done so, I was a bit disappointed. It is relatively expensive (7 Euros) for a half-hour tour, with commentaries in Portuguese and (fairly limited) English. Not being able to take photos was another and significant negative.
My highlight was the last room visited, the Arabian Hall, which was truly gob-smacking. And it is all painted plaster (as I understand). The central courtyard - which I think might be open to the public, anyway - also makes a lasting impression.

Visited December 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“expensive but quite impressive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

Very nice visit to this place. Quite expensive but affordable if visiting other monuments with the PortoCard.

Visited January 2014
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

Everything within Palacio da Bolsa is amazing. Even if you don't have too much time in Porto, this is a key place to go. Nearby there are a lot of restaurants, zona ribeirinha (Douro river), Sao Francisco church and Alfandega (all walking distance)

Visited October 2013
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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“Take tour to see lavishly decorated rooms.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

The former Stock Exchange building is just up the hill from the Ribeira waterfront. Construction began in 1842 (on site of old Sao Francisco monastery). You can enter the building without paying, but will only see the wonderful rooms on the half hour tour- our tour guide was excellent,
giving clear descriptions in both English & Spanish. There is a reduced price for seniors. The tour starts in a glass-roofed courtyard (Patio das Nascoes), with Roman-type mosaic floor, and continues through magnificent rooms all with different styles of marquetry on the floors, and, in one, a superb marquetry table.The carved granite and marble staircases are impressive The final room on the tour is the Arabian Hall (Salao Arabe)- absolutely stunning. Outside the Palacio da Borsa is a statue of Henry the Navigator, and the old market (Mercado Ferreira Borges), and the blue-tiled Sao Nicolau church. A tour is thoroughly worthwhile.

Visited January 2014
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Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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“an amazing place, quite unusual”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is the business center of Porto and the tour is great, it explains the history and the reason why this place is so opulent, it is really worth it and different from other buildings we visited.

Visited October 2013
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