Porto (Oporto) — part 2, Portugal

Mercado do Bolhao (Bolhao (central) Market) in the Baixa neighborhood, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

Mercado do Bolhao (Bolhao (central) Market) in the Baixa neighborhood, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

 

Porto (Oporto) is a coastal city in northwest Portugal, the second largest city in the country, known for its stately bridges and Port wine production.  In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes.  Catedral Sé do Porto (Oporto Cathedral), the fortress-like, Romanesque hilltop cathedral is generally recognized as the site of Infante Dom Henrique of Portugal, Duke of Viseu (Prince Henry the Navigator)’s baptism and the nuptials of King John I and English Princess Philippa of Lancaster in the 14th century.

 

Livraria Lello (Lello Bookstore) since 1906 the most beautiful bookshop in the world, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

Livraria Lello (Lello Bookstore) since 1906 the most beautiful bookshop in the world, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

 

Since 1906 Lello has housed men of letters and of arts, has been the inspiration for acclaimed authors, the place for social gatherings, performances and a serene library for many of Invicta’s avid readers.  “Rumor has it J. K. Rowling was inspired by Livraria Lello while writing Harry Potter (and teaching English) in Portugal. It doesn’t take long to appreciate Lello’s potential as muse: a stained glass atrium puts the spotlight on the bookshop’s deep red staircase, spectacular enough to stop you in your tracks” – Time Magazine

 

Torre dos Clerigos (Clerigos Church Bell Tower) -- the iconic landmark of the city, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

Torre dos Clerigos (Clerigos Church Bell Tower) — the iconic landmark of the city, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

 

Estacao Sao Bento (Sao Bento Train Station) with 20,000 ceramic tiles making it one of the most beautiful stations in the world, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

Estacao Sao Bento (Sao Bento Train Station) with 20,000 ceramic tiles making it one of the most beautiful stations in the world, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

 

Typical older residential buildings in the Barredo district, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

Typical older residential buildings in the Barredo district, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

 

Catedral Se do Porto (Oporto Cathedral), Porto (Oporto), Portugal

Catedral Se do Porto (Oporto Cathedral), Porto (Oporto), Portugal

 

Tiled roofs and distant churches viewed from the plaza of Catedral Se do Porto, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

Tiled roofs and distant churches viewed from the plaza of Catedral Se do Porto, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

 

Older residences in the Ribeira District overlooking the Douro River, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

Older residences in the Ribeira District overlooking the Douro River, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

 

Port aging lodges (warehouses) in Vila Nova de Gaia, viewed from Porto's Ribeira District, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

Port aging lodges (warehouses) in Vila Nova de Gaia, viewed from Porto’s Ribeira District, Porto (Oporto), Portugal

 

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