Wandering in Porto

TRAVEL DIARY: PORTO 2

Since we were in Porto, we started our day with, you guessed it right, Portuguese tarts. Had it in the cafe right in front of the Livraria Lello.

Livraria Lello is celebrated for its stunning blend of Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau styles, making it a must-visit.

Established in 1906, it’s among Portugal’s oldest and most enchanting bookstores.

This library is known for its magnificent staircase but unfortunately, I could not take photos without people passing and obstructing my way.

Outside, we continued walking and saw this amazing fountain. The Fonte dos Leões (Lion fountain) sits in the square built in the 19th century. This octagonal Romanesque marble fountain features 4 lion statues.

Right next is the Igreja dos Carmos. This mid-18th century church features rococo architecture and its exterior showcases a 20th-century tile mosaic depicting scenes of the Carmelite Order’s founding.

Its interior has ornate gilded woodcarvings on the main altar. The facade seems simple so we really didn’t expect such opulence inside.

Next we passed by one of the prettiest parks in Porto, the Jardim da Cordoaria.

Here, we saw these sculptures known as “Thirteen Laughing at Each Other”. These sculptures were created by Juan Muñoz, reportedly to commemorate the liberal freedom fighters executed in this park, back in 1829.

Next, we walked to the Clerigos church and tower elevated on top of a hill.

I am linking this to Jo’s Monday Walk

Photos from 25 October 2023

As the rain poured down heavily, it seems that this post has also become too lengthy. Let’s wrap it up here and catch you on the next one.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Toonsarah says:

    You’ve introduced us to some lovely Porto sights 🙂 We really must visit one day!

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad you are enjoying it! Thanks Sarah.

  2. Walking Away says:

    You’re really making me think a visit to Porto is long overdue

  3. restlessjo says:

    You’ve given a nice flavour of Porto, despite the weather. Off season it’s always a gamble, but it can surprise you, Teresa. I really am due a return visit but I don’t have anything planned. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Teresa says:

      I have more days in Porto to share. It is lovely despite the rain experience. Thanks Jo!

  4. Wow, Livraria Lello looks lovely!

    1. Teresa says:

      It does… if only it wasn’t that busy!

  5. scooj says:

    Just fantastic. Well done for making it into the bookshop. When we were there, the queue was just way too big. It is great to see what it actually looks like inside. Thank You.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yup lucky to even be able to get in. I used my charm.
      Haha

  6. Wind Kisses says:

    Fantastic! I love that book store, and the photos are fine even with the people. Just so unique. the tarts, the street art- all on my check it out list. We plan to do the Camino de Santiago beginning in Porto next year.

    1. Teresa says:

      I bet you will love that planned trip. Porto is just amazing. Thanks Donna!

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