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After Lisbon, Porto is considered to be the second largest city of Portugal. It is located in the north of the country, on the right bank of the Douro River.
Porto is an ancient city that has a great historical heritage, even though it has been modernised in recent decades.
Its historical centre was declared a
World Heritage Site by UNESCO
in 1996. Some tourist attractions are: the Tower of the Clerigos, Porto Cathedral, Casa da Música and the Serralves Foundation, which is the most visited museum in Portugal. Besides, in Vila Nova de Gaia, the southern bank of the River Douro, are the renowned wineries. Because of its cultural, demographic and industrial wealth is considered the capital of northern Portugal.


A Ribeira is a district of the city located alongside the river, where the platforms are an important meeting point. It is characterized by its steep and winding stairs, and the narrow and tall mansions painted on the Riverwalk. It is one of the most famous postcard images of Porto.


The Palace of a Bolsa, classified as a National Monument, was built on the ruins of the Franciscan convent which was destroyed in a fire. Its construction began in 1842 and it was inaugurated in 1891.


São Francisco Church, classified as National Monument, is characterized by its Gothic style outside the building and the Baroque style inside the building. It is full of stunning golden carved altarpieces, being the Tree of Jesse the most important one. Besides, it has a museum where you can see different religious elements exposed within a palace.


The Tower of the Clèrigos was the tallest building of Portugal when the tower of Vasco da Gama, in Lisbon, was erected. The Tower of the Clérigos was completed in 1763 and was used as a reference to reach the Cais da Ribeira by ships arriving the port or, as said in Portuguese, in O Porto.


The Porto cathedral , located in the district of Batalha, was built on the highest part of the city, near the walls which once protected Porto. Currently, it is the most important religious building in Porto and its exterior has a crenelated fortress-like appearance.