The Palácio da Bolsa may be one of the most emblematic places in the city of Porto.
Built in 1842 by the architect Joaquim da Costa Lima in a neoclassical style, the history of this building begins much earlier, during the siege of Porto.
In 1832, during the Portuguese Civil War, the convent of São Francisco began to burn. With the conflict over and the convent gone, Queen Maria II authorized the merchants of Porto, in 1834, to build the city's Commercial Association on the ruins of the old monastery.
In 1850 the exteriors of the Palacio de la Bolsa were already completed, but its interior was still missing. Between 1860 and 1909, the rich decoration of this building was carried out, where stand out the Arabic Room, designed by Gustavo Adolfo Gonçalves de Sousa that was inspired by the Alhambra in Granada, and the Pátio das Nacções (Nations’ Courtyard), protected by a glass dome. Here you can see the emblems or symbols of all the countries that once negotiated with Portugal.
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Despite not being completely finished, the Palácio da Bolsa was inaugurated in 1891.
With the arrival of the Republic, the palace suffered a small setback. Unoccupied in 1911, the Commercial Association of Porto did not take care of this building again until 1918.
Currently, you can take guided tours in several languages and, sometimes, even host events and activities within the Palace.
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