Porto city Guide is devised keeping in mind the interest of the Visitors to Porto City. It includes descriptions of various places of interest, which the visitor shall like to decide, which place to visit keeping in mind his interest and the time available with him so that the visit is memorable.
Glorious Past & Present of Porto City
Porto is city in Portugal depicting both ruins of the medieval period as well as the modern architectural splendors marked by numerous bridges, making easy to navigate by all kinds of vehicular traffic, without interfering in the civic activities of the population in general.
The construction of massive bridges involves a high degree of town planning, which interests engineers and architects of other countries for make it a point to visit the marvelous creation for a close look and take help from the engineers involved in building of these bridges to understand the intricacies of the design deployed.
Some people treat a modern industrial town having finest planning of the internal roads and the bridges for fast and heavy traffic movement without any obstruction.
Status of Porto City
Porto ranks as second largest town of Portugal its capital in the north, with all its natural beauties and charming locations for visitor attraction, of which Porto is truly proud. Proto has progressed into a high profile industrial town in the region.
Proto in the past was known by the name Portucale during the rule of Suedes, subsequently there was change of its name as Oporto, when it was ruled by Goths Moors and witnessed to be a rich trading centre of the medieval and present times. Now it is popularly known as Porto, which is truly cosmopolitan in its character.
Porto is also famous for its Monuments, Museums and Palaces built by its various rulers depicting their cultures and architecture of the era preserved and well maintained for posterity.
Guerra Junqueiro House-Museum, Rua D. Hugo
It is 18th century museum, situated near Cathedral and is used to display private collections of Guerra junqueiro housing some 14th century Portuguese furniture items besides classic ceramics, silverware, brassware and very rare religious sculpture .
Museum de Arte Contemporanea da Fundasao Serralves
Rua D. JoAo de Castro:
It has mixed architectural designs and also has in addition 4500 square meter of exhibition area. It has annexed to it 8200 square meter area housing an auditorium, a public library, a documentation centre, a relaxation centre and a roof restaurant facing the park having finest natural look.
Soares dos Reis National Museum Rua D. Manuel II
The museum is present in eighteenth century palace representing classical and eighteenth century architecture and has on display valuable collections in respect of nineteenth and twentieth century Portuguese paintings. Among all, the painting of “Porto school” pertaining to naturalist era has a special attraction. Art works of Silva Porto, Marques de Oliveira, Artur Loureiro and Henrique Pousao have their unique paintings on display besides the most typical art works of outstanding sculptor Soares dos Reis.
Romantic Museum of Quinta da Macieirinha Rua Entrequintas
The museum has on display, collection of decoration art consisting of painting, Nineteenth century furniture and a number of articles belonging to King Carlos Alberto of Sardinia.
Stock Exchange Rua Ferreira Borges
The stock exchange is extremely wonderful place being the merger of the past and present architecture. The most attractive part of this palace consists of Patio das NasУes and a beauty enhancing granite and marble stairs besides several rooms decked with outstanding paintings and furniture articles. Out of all of them it is the Arab Room, having outstanding significance.
The Monuments at Porto
Capela de Nossa Senhora de Agosto – Porto Largo de Entrada da Rua do Sol:
It is a great Church depicting Sixteenth Century architecture created in the later period.
Castelo do Queijo
It is Seventeenth century Fort, which is triangular in appearance, and is cut short facing the sea. This 17C triangular fort is truncated at the end facing the sea. At three corners watch towers are built to observe the surrounding area by the guards. Entire Fort is surrounded by a wide and deep water channel preventing easy sneaking of any person to the temple.
Inside the Fort there is a Chapel and this comprises the residence of the Governor.
EdifМcio da Livraria Lello & Irmao
At no. 144 on Rua das Carmelitas, located towards west of Prasa da Liberdade, the entry to the monument is marked by amazing culture objects of the past. The glorious facade consists of a broad arch structure displaying two paint covered art figures one signifies Art and other is the Science aspect. The bulding is part of the national heritage of City of Porto.
There benches made of wood and covered with rich leather upholstery. There are book cases made of wood placed by the walls inside the room, give a very effect of Royal welcome to the visitor. In the middle of the room there are elegant stairs for going up, which give the ornamental look to the place. The rich artistic taste during the Gothic period is truly reflected in the artistic choices made in the construction of this monument.
Forte Sao Joao Baptista
The Fort has two storey construction of defensive structure surrounding the fort, where the guards can walk and keep the fort vigilance and defense for protecting any one to enter from the sea bound boundary surrounding the town. The chapel has hexagonal tile covering the cupola structure built over it surrounded by roof like structure having support of the brackets.