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Culture and Heritage in Porto

Culture and Heritage


In every corner of Porto there is a story to tell. The city was involved in most historical events that marked Portugal’s centuries old history. From the age of Portuguese Discoveries – this is where Henry, the Navigator, planned for the whole endeavour – to more recent times with the “Ponte das Barcas” disaster, when an old bridge made entirely of boats collapsed under the weight of people fleeing.


More recently, the end of Portugal’s nearly 50-year-old dictatorship also started in Porto. The city is, still today, a reflection of that rich history. Strolling around the historic centre, you can visit over 150 monuments that UNESCO classified as world heritage.

Culture and Heritage


Porto’s Cathedral (Sé) is one of them. In modern times, it has also become one of the main starting points for the Caminho de Santiago (Saint James Way or Camino de Santiago). Pilgrims have become a common sight in Porto, walking around in their backpacks, the symbolic scallop shell, and walking sticks.

Culture and Heritage


Clérigos Tower is another city landmark. A masterpiece signed by the Italian Nicolau Nasoni, an architect that authors a huge legacy in the city, it is the most visited monument in Porto. From the top of this over 250 years old monument, visitors can have a 360º view of the city and appreciate its several layers that witnessed the passage of time and evolution of peoples.

And there's much more to Porto's historic landscape: São Bento Station, Dom Luiz Bridge, The Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa), Saint Francis Church, to name a few.

A story that is still being written.

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