In recent years, UNESCO recognised its historic centre as a World Heritage Site. Among the architectural highlights of the city, Porto Cathedral is the oldest surviving structure, together with the small romanesque Church of Cedofeita, the gothic Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), the remnants of the city walls and a few 15th-century houses. The baroque style is well represented in the city in the elaborate gilt work interior decoration of the churches of St. Francis and St. Claire (Santa Clara), the churches of Mercy (Misericórida) and of the Clerics (Igreja dos Clérigos), the Episcopal Palace of Porto, and others. The neoclassicism and romanticism of the 19th and 20th centuries also added interesting monuments to the landscape of the city, like the magnificent Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa), the Hospital of Saint Anthony, the Municipality, the buildings in the Liberdade Square and the Avenida dos Aliados, the tile-adorned São Bento Train Station and the gardens of the Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal). A guided visit to the Palácio da Bolsa, and in particular the Arab Room, is a major tourist attraction.
Many of the city's oldest houses are at risk of collapsing. The population in Porto municipality dropped by nearly 100,000 since the 1980s, but the number of permanent residents in the outskirts and satellite towns has grown strongly.
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npecanhuk (68104) 2014-08-24 13:19
A wonderful city for sure!
I visited back in 2004 and just loved it... fell in love with it! I hope I can go back there some other time!
Your picture of it is very beautiful, attractive and pleasant-looking, with special regards to the exposure, colors and composition!
TFS - congrats,
boa (6205) 2014-08-24 14:02
this is a beautiful shot of Porto! Excellent light and colors but also well composed with the boats in the foreground. I can almost feel the fresh air:) Tfs!
Have a nice evening/
carlo62 (36065) 2014-08-24 15:20
molto belle le caratteristiche imbarcazioni di Porto, la città fa da magnifico fondale insieme al cielo blu.
jjcordier (77816) 2014-08-24 23:24
Très jolie présentation de ce quartier de Porto particulièrement bien éclairé. Belle utilisation de ces bateaux traditionnels en premier plan.
emka (82506) 2014-08-24 23:57
So your next trip was to Portugal. Wonderful series from Porto. Marvelous presetation of the city from the other side of the river. And of course, these old boats are so picturesque. Excellent presentation.
WArm regrad s MAlgo
ourania (34357) 2014-08-25 2:12
what a clear and attractive view, you are presenting it in a very agreeable way through this layered composition. It looks like an amazing city, its overall aspect and the many clear details assure us there's so much interest in it. The lovely natural colours you captured make the visual experience vivid and delightful. I hope a way will be found for the old buildings to be preserved. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
snunney (87242) 2014-08-25 2:27
A splendid view across the Douro toward the old city. The foreground boats with their traditional casks make an interesting and unusual frame. I like the light and colours. There is much to see and all in excellent detail.
amaryllis (35427) 2014-08-25 2:33
une photo superbe de cette jolie ville sous un ciel clément et en premier plan ces jolis bateaux
une belle luminsosité et un cadrage excellent
holmertz (43275) 2014-08-25 3:10
A fine composition with the colourful touristic boats in the foreground and the beautiful city rising on the hills across the river. I like the narrow inclusion of the big rocks that draw a line under the view. The colours and light are superb.
Royaldevon (31763) 2014-08-25 5:20
Who wouldn't want to visit Porto after seeing this photograph, despite an problems! It looks utterly beautiful!
You have given the f/g boats (gondolas) a context with the hint of a wall and, also, helped to create a fine sense of depth across the water.
The colours are nicely saturated and there is a real 'glow' about the scene.
My warm regards,
Nicou (126216) 2014-08-25 6:12
quel panorama superbe avec une dominante rouge ce bâteaux avec les tonneaux de bois et tous ces toits ocre rouge en fond le plan d'eau quelle scène superbe.
dta (69424) 2014-08-25 7:24
Hello Daniel ,
Magnifique carte postale de Porto sous une superbe lumière estivale .
adramad (39442) 2014-08-25 8:32
Sensational this great view of the city of Porto, with some of its magnificent monuments, fantastic foreground, with these typical boats.
Have a good start to the week.
All the best.
Cricri (109597) 2014-08-25 10:05
Belle vue sur Porto , j'aime les bateaux en cadrage, la lumière et l'ensemble des couleurs
Gigidusud (17277) 2014-08-25 11:14
Très joli point de vue sur Porto avec les embarcations typiques en premier plan. La lumière est splendide et la note très intéressante. J'ai beaucoup aimé Porto!
Merci pour le partage.
SWEETFREEDOM (23064) 2014-08-29 1:20
beautiful picture, i like the characteristic boats in fg and the buildings in bg. good colors and light.
claudeD (34364) 2014-08-29 6:34
very fine picture from Porto showing this very interesting scenery nearby Douro river and the town in background. I like you composition, choice of pov and perfect sharpness realized here very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
adores (39179) 2014-08-31 17:59
I see you had a great time there and also a great weather:)! This is really Porto, you got a nice shot with the rabelos in foreground. The red and yellow colours are really eye catching. A beautiful view of the city!
macjake (58782) 2014-09-06 3:58
i just had to check this photo out.
You're newest post today is great as well, but this city view was too much to pass up, and i missed this one when you posted it a couple weeks ago.
I don't recall seeing any city shots, views of Porto with clouds! the sky seems to be in a perpetual cloud-less state of being :)
fog, yes, but rarely large puffy clouds.
no clouds, but the light is warm and its showing off the colors quite nicely indeed.
funny looking characteristic boats in the fg add another layer of interest.
excellent wide angle view of Porto!