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The city of Porto is one of the most visited cities in Europe, hosting more than a million tourists a year. It is the second largest city in Portugal, known worldwide for its wine, its bridges and its historical center, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Liberdade Square (Liberty or Freedom Square; Praça da Liberdade) is located in Santo Ildefonso parish, in the lower town (Baixa) area. The square is continuous on its north side with the Avenida dos Aliados, an important avenue of the city. The buildings around Liberdade Square and the avenues are occupied by banks, hotels, restaurants and offices. It is an important tourist attraction of the city.

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  • 1. Nikias SKAPINAKIS (1931) Vénus Anadiómena Óleo sobre tela 150 x 117 cm Coleção Secretaria de Estado da Cultura, em depósito na Fundação de Serralves Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/sandamichaela-1988950-porto12/
  • 2. Torre dos Clérigos The city of Porto is one of the most visited cities in Europe, hosting more than a million tourists a year. It is the second largest city in Portugal, known worldwide for its wine, its bridges and its historical center, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
  • 3. Liberdade Square (Liberty or Freedom Square; Praça da Liberdade) is located in Santo Ildefonso parish, in the lower town
  • 4. Liberdade Square is continuous on its north side with the Avenida dos Aliados, an important avenue of the city
  • 5. Avenida dos Aliados is generally regarded as the city centre and is as such Porto's most grandiose avenue. Dominated by the town hall (Camara Municipal), the avenue is flanked by ornate neoclassical buildings with lawns and trees in the centre
  • 6. Liberdade Square has its origins in the beginning of the 18th century
  • 7. It was in 1718 that a project for the urbanisation of the area begun, which resulted in the creation of new streets and an ample square, known as Praça Nova (New Square). The square was initially limited by the medieval walls of the city and by urban palaces, all of which are now lost. Os Meninos (Abundância) escultor Henrique Moreira (1890-1979)
  • 8. After 1788, the religious order of Saint Eligius (known as Lóios, in Portuguese) built a convent on the south side of the square; the imposing Neoclassical façade of the convent, nowadays known as the Cardosas Palace (Palácio das Cardosas) is the oldest extant building of the square, dominating the south side of the square for over 200 years InterContinental Porto – Palácio das Cardosas 5*
  • 9. InterContinental Porto – Palácio das Cardosas 5*
  • 10. The huge square in front of the Town Hall and the Aliados Avenue has undergone a modernization project in the last years. It is a beautiful open space lined with trees and flanked by some of the most majestic buildings in the city.
  • 11. Torre dos Clerigos, the bell tower adjoining the Clerigos Church
  • 12. During the 19th century, several factors increased the importance of the square. The municipality moved to a building on the north side of the square after 1819, and towards the end of the century facilities like the D. Luís Bridge (1887) and São Bento Train Station (1896) were opened nearby. Liberdade Square was a political, economical and social centre for Porto
  • 13. In 1866 a monument dedicated to King Peter IV, a monarch closely linked to Porto, was inaugurated in the middle of the square.
  • 14. The monument, by French sculptor Anatole Calmels, consists of a statue of Peter IV riding a horse and holding the Constitution that he had fought to protect during the Liberal Wars.
  • 15. Edifício da Companhia A Nacional esculturas de Sousa Caldas (1894 - 1965)
  • 16. Edifício de O Comércio do Porto – Arqtº Rogério de Azevedo e escultor Henrique Moreira
  • 17. Edifício de O Comércio do Porto – Escultor Henrique Moreira
  • 18. Banco de Portugal
  • 19. Banco de Portugal
  • 20. Banco de Portugal
  • 21. Banco de Portugal
  • 22. Banco de Portugal
  • 23. Banco de Portugal
  • 24. Banco de Portugal
  • 25. King Pedro IV of Portugal monument by Célestin Anatole Calmels - 1866
  • 26. King Pedro IV of Portugal monument by Célestin Anatole Calmels - 1866
  • 27. O Porto by João da Silva mestre pedreiro, 1818 statue symbolising Porto
  • 28. Edifício dos Paços do Concelho (Town Hall)
  • 29. The current City Hall of Porto, was designed by architect Correia da Silva and began construction in 1920. The project arose as a result of the expansion of the civic center designed by English architect Barry Parker, approved in 1916. Although it was started in 1920, works in the building of the town hall suffered numerous interruptions, changes were introduced to the original project, by architect Carlos Ramos. The municipal services are only installed in the new building in 1957. The building consists of six floors, a basement and two inner courtyards. The central tower, 70 meters high, with a chiming clock, accessible by an indoor climbing 180 steps.
  • 30. The granite façade is decorated with a dozen sculptures by José Sousa Caldas and Henrique Moreira representing the various activities related to Porto (as viticulture, industry and navigation)
  • 31. Salão Nobre City Hall of Porto sala da Assembleia Municipal do Porto
  • 32. Sala D. Maria II Tapeçaria de Guilherme Camarinha na sala da Assembleia Municipal do Porto
  • 33. Behind the Town Hall is the Igreja da Trindade This early 19th century church, hosts many concerts and recitals. It has an austere classical façade topped by a bell tower and facing it in a small square is an 18th century fountain.
  • 34. Juventude (Menina Nua, 1929) by Henrique Moreira (1890 - 1979)
  • 35. Juventude (Menina Nua, 1929) by Henrique Moreira (1890 - 1979)
  • 36. Águia Imperial Escultor Henrique Moreira
  • 37. The famous Café Majestic enlightened the street with its Art Nouveau decoration, by architect João Queiroz.
  • 38. The famous historic Café Majestic, is the best known in Porto Hence, in 1994 it reopened in all its former splendour with its original Art Nouveau design of Antwerp crystal, the floor in Indian marble and all its lovely finishings and fine detail of its decoration. Naturally, there is a piano and a Winter garden inviting you to relive that fascinating "Belle-Époque". This is the kind of refined atmosphere, with poetry readings, piano concerts, painting exhibitions and book launches, that the Café Majestic creates for your visit.
  • 39. O Dragão, escultor Aureliano Aguiar
  • 40. O Dragão, escultor Aureliano Aguiar
  • 41. Outside the Boavista Porto football. Standing guard outside the entrance is a huge statue of a panther, which is the symbol of the club.
  • 42. Escultor José Rodrigues
  • 43. Porto The metro
  • 44. The historical Tramway Electrico
  • 45. Text: Internet Pictures: Internet Sanda Foişoreanu Gabriela Cristescu Copyrights of the photos belong to each photographer Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu Sound: www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda Katia Guerreiro - Amor de mel,amor de fel; As rosas promessa; Guitarra triste