Palacio de la Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace)
Its Arabic salon will remind you of the Alhambra in Granada.
A large chunk of the acclaim with which the historic centre of Porto was proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 1996 is down to that charismatic edifice which reveals like no other the neo-classical beauty of the harbour area in all its glory in the eye of any beholder. Seat of the Porto Chamber of Commerce, the Palacio de la Bolsa (Palace of the Stock Exchange) dates from the middle of the 19th century and was conceived by the architect Joaquim da Costa Lima. Inside, the Presidential Room, the Patio de las Naciones, fully glazed, house a library of over 10,000 books, the Golden Room, covered with gold leaf, or the hardwood-clad General Meeting Hall, all deserve special mention being made of them.Yet despite this, the jewel in the palace’s crown is beyond doubt the Árabe Salon, inspired by the Alhambra in Granadá, which will excite you with its picturesque moorish style covering in excess of 300 square metres. As an aside, it is more than recommended that you tag on to one of the guided tours to discover the ins and outs of the place at first hand. Yes, most definitely, as the first person to buy a ticket selects the language (from the four available) for the hour-long trip!
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