The Douro River

The Douro is one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula, flowing from its source near Duruelo de la Sierra in Soria Province across northern-central Spain and Portugal to its outlet at Porto. The name, Latinized Durius, may have come from the Celtic tribes that inhabited the area before Roman times: the Celtic root is*dubro-. In modern Welsh, dŵr is “water,” as well as dour in modern Breton with cognate dobhar in Irish. In Roman times, the river was […]

Braga

Braga

Braga is a city and a municipality in the northwestern Portuguese district of Braga, in the historical and cultural Minho Province. The municipality, which includes 37 civil parishes had a resident population of 181,494 inhabitants (in 2011), representing the seventh largest municipality in Portugal (by population). Its agglomerated urban area extends from the Cávado River to the Este River. The city was the European Youth Capital in 2012. It is host to […]

The Palácio da Bolsa, Oporto Stock Exchange Palace

The Palácio da Bolsa, Oporto Stock Exchange Palace

The Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) is a historical building in Porto, Portugal. The palace was built in the 19th century by the city’s Commercial Association (Associação Comercial) in Neoclassical style. It is located in the Infante D. Henrique Square in the historical centre of Porto, designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Palácio da Bolsa is located beside the St Francis Church […]

National Museum Soares dos Reis , Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis

National Museum Soares dos Reis , Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis

National Museum Soares dos Reis , Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, located in the ancient Carrancas Palace, in Porto, Portugal, is one of the most renowned Portuguese museums. The museum Soares dos Reis, founded in 1833, is Portugal’s first national museum. It displays one of the finest collections of Portuguese art, in particular a gallery of works by Portuguese […]

The Rabelo boat, Barco Rabelo

The Rabelo boat, Barco Rabelo

The Rabelo boat is a Portuguese vessel, typical Douro River that traditionally carried the barrels of the Alto Douro Port wine, where the vineyards are located, to Vila Nova de Gaia – Porto, where the wine was stored and subsequently marketed and sent to other countries. Being a mountain river boat, the Rabelo has no […]

Porto Cathedral

Porto Cathedral

The Porto Cathedral, Sé do Porto, located in the historical centre of the city of Porto, Portugal, is one of the city’s oldest monuments and one of the most important Romanesque monuments in Portugal. The current Cathedral of Porto underwent construction around 1110 under the patronage of Bishop Hugo and was completed in the 13th century, but there is evidence that the city […]

Dom Luis Bridge, in Oporto

Dom Luis Bridge, in Oporto

The Dom Luís I Bridge, Ponte Luís I or Luiz I is a metal arch bridge that spans the Douro River between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. At the time of construction its span of 172 m was the longest of its type in the world. The government held a competition for the construction of a metallic bridge over the Douro River on a […]

Clérigos Tower and Church

Clérigos Tower and Church

The Clérigos Church, Igreja dos Clérigos, “Church of the Clergymen” is a Baroque church in the city of Porto, in Portugal. Its tall bell tower, the Torre dos Clérigos, can be seen from various points of the city and is one of its most characteristic symbols. The church was built for the Brotherhood of the Clérigos (Clergy) by Nicolau Nasoni, an Italian architect and painter who left an […]

Lapa Church, Viewpoint

Lapa Church, Viewpoint

It is one of the highest viewpoints, since the recent building restoration work opened the southern bell tower to the public. Because it is located in one of the highest shares of Oporto, one can see the Cabedelo(the end of Douro river), the sea and all the hills and mountains surrounding the city.

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