Casa do Infante owns its name do to the fact that Infante D. Henrique was born there, precisely on March 4th, 1394.
Known as Henry The Navigator, he was responsible for the Portuguese expansion – also known as Age of Discoveries – beginning with the Conquest of Ceuta and followed by Madeira, Azores and the West African Coast.
The building that now hosts Casa do Infante has a history that goes back to 1325, when King Afonso IV ordered the construction of the Alfândega Régia (Royal customs house). The building was also the house of the stockman of that time, which explains why the Prince was born there (his parents, King João I and Queen Filipa, used to stay in the stockman’s houses while traveling). It also housed the Casa da Moeda (coin house), which began operating in 1369.
After some great excavations works done in the 1990’s archeologists found remains that prove that this area was occupied even before the Roman occupation! This discoveries can be seen at Casa do Infante, together with the Museum, the Municipal Historical Archives, a thematic library, an exhibition room and an auditorium. Definitely worth a visit!
Don’t forget to check other suggestions of places you should visit that we made before: Casa Museu Guerra Junqueiro, Santa Clara Church and the British Factory House. And if you want to know more about Porto’s history, its famous characters and its greatest ancient monuments, book a Porto History Master Class with us! We will take you tot the heart of the city and tell you all about it :)
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