Let’s discover Porto’s gems! Today: Palácio da Bolsa.
Palácio da Bolsa (“Stock Exchange Palace”), located between downtown Porto and the Ribeira area, was designed in 1842 by architect Joaquim da Costa Lima. Originally the building was the headquarters of the city’s Commercial Association but nowadays holds cultural, political and social events.
It’s neoclassical style and facade can be quite surprising, but the real treasure is on the inside: the golden Arabian Room, inspired by the Alhambra Palace! Known as the building’s crown, this room fascinates for it’s luxury and richness in details. It took 18 years to complete its construction and was designed by Gustavo Adolfo Gonçalves e Sousa, with all the work done by local artists and artisans. Pay attention the the glass doors with hand-painted details, depicting Koran inscriptions.
Palácio da Bolsa is one of the most visited monuments in Porto, attracting more than 250 thousand visitor a year! It’s location is perfect for anyone exploring the city’s Historical Center, with lots of other interesting places to visit nearby. Take a few hours to visit Palácio da Bolsa and enjoy its beauty!
Address: Rua de Ferreira Borges
Phone: +351 223399013
Hours: April-October – 9am to 6:30pm | November-March – 9am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 5:30pm. Closed between February 17th to March 2nd.
Price: 8,50€ (student and senior discounts are available)
Hope you enjoyed our suggestion and go visit Palácio da Bolsa! And see here more places you should visit while in Porto :)