Typical houses in the Ribeira district, PORTO

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The chapel was built in honour of St. Catarina and St. Francis of Assisi. It is unusually large for a chapel (the size of a normal church) and there is nothing particularly special about its architecture except for the decorative work on the façade, which is a fine example of the national art of decorative tile work. In 1929 it was covered with 15,947 tiles extending approximately 360 metres and depicting stories from the lives of the two saints. More of a painting than a building ...

The tower, belonging to the church of the same name, is one of the masterpieces of the famous architect Nasoni and a landmark in the city of Porto. It has six floors, stands 76 metres high and the top is reached by climbing the 225 steps of a narrow spiral staircase.From the outside the church is eight-sided but inside it has an elliptic floor plan (in typically Baroque style). The entrance to the church is reached by a double staircase with a balustrade. The granite façade is designed in the traditional Baroque style of the north of Portugal and is divided into two storeys. The first contains a doorway with a large window above it and two side windows separated by fantastically ornate capitals. The second storey contains another large ornate window, flanked by shell-shaped niches containing statues of St. Peter and St. Paul.The interior of the church has only one elliptic nave with an arched dome. The chancel has a wonderful polychrome marble Louis XV altarpiece. Beneath a throne bearing an image of the Virgin Mary stands an urn containing relics (bones and blood) of the martyr St. Innocent.But, of course, the challenge is to climb the tower and enjoy a view of the entire city. There is no lift, so it is only for those with stamina.

For those who love books, reading and bookshops, this is a Porto shrine. It has a magnificent Art Nouveau doorway with neo-Manueline touches.
The interior is decorated in plaster painted to look like wood. A very imposing stairway leads to the upper floor where a huge stained glass pane in the ceiling displays the monogram and motto of the bookshop (which is also a publishing house): "Decus in Labore". And, of course, there are books everywhere.
The Spanish writer Enrique Villa-Matas said that it was the most beautiful bookshop in the world. The British newspaper The Guardian called it “divine” and nominated it the third most beautiful in the world. Not to be missed.
A noble edifice built at the end of the 19th century which has a Neo-classical look on the outside. The main entrance, occupying an area of 550 metres, is covered with twenty thousand decorative tiles depicting scenes from Portuguese history and the history of transport.
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