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.
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