Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and is the city from which the country derived its name.
At its centre is the Praca Da Liberdade, a large square that is guarded by a statue of King Dom Pedro the Fourth. The Torre dos Clérigos is the symbol of Porto and in the middle of the 18th century, was built on a rock at the city’s highest point.
Of particular interest is the remarkable external wall toward the east that is decorated with a huge example of the Portuguese art form known as ‘azulejos’.
The tidal and deep-cut river valley of the Douro is spanned by four bridges, of which the most impressive is the iron-built, Ponte Dom Louis. The Frenchman, Gustave Eiffel, constructed this gigantic twin level bridge that connects Porto with its sister town, Vila Nova De Gaia.
Porto is a cultural capital of Europe whose glorious spirit of the past has managed to survive the centuries.
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