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Palaces in North

44 palaces in North

Palaces in Vila Real
Mateus Palace
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Simply an amazing place with historical side and lovely gardens. And don’t forget the wine and the sweets, top n1.
Palaces in Porto
Palácio da Bolsa Stock Exchange
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It is one of the places you cannot miss if you are in Oporto. Also worth a visit is the Cathedral, the Romantic Museum and the most beautiful Lello bookstore in the world, where they filmed scenes for the Harry Potter movies. In Oporto you can sit and have a drink in front of the Duero and watch the boats and take some photos. There is an iron bridge of 6 having Oporto it did in the 19th century the same genius that made the Eifel Totto, and especially watch your possessions, and changes everywhere.
Palaces in Guimarães
Palace of the Dukes of Braganza
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Guimaraes is a good place to take a trip if you're leaving from Oporto, for example. You take a train in Sao Bento and in an hour or less you're there. It's only about a ten minute walk from the station to the center. Both the Palace and the Castle are on a hill nearby, which you can easily walk to. The Palace is very well preserved. If you go there you can see a tapestry collection from the factory they had in Pastrana, Guadalajara province, right here in Spain. Always nice to go abroad and learn something about your own country. You have some photos of the Palace made of the Castle and from the outside.
Palaces in Braga
Raio Palace
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A Baroque building built 1753-1754 by André Soares. In 1863, the street in front was opened to get a better view of the palace. From 1883 the Holy House of Mercy installed some services of the Hospital de San Marcos and in 1956 it was declared a Site of Public Interest. The building is very nice, though when we went the streets, like most of Braga, were under construction.
Palaces in Braga
Episcopal Palace of Braga
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The Episcopal Palace of Braga is very strange because it took such a long time to build (since the s. XIV to XVIII). Inside its buildings we can see the evolution of architectural styles. The part of the wall is the oldest, and was constructed with granite and resembles a fortress. We don´t know exactly if you can enter the courtyard to see this part closer, but still it is well worth seeing. Also you can go a little way to Santa Barbara Garden to see everything much better.
Palaces in Barcelos
Home of the Beça Meneses
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One of the loveliest civic buildings in Barcelos is the House of Beça (or Bessa) Meneses, at the end of Avenida De la Libertad. It was constructed in the 18th century and has two levels which showcase its facade, made of granite around the many windows, with shells and plumes. There is a large coat of arms on the center window, and the gorgeous wrought iron railings in curve around the windows of the lower floor.
Palaces in Porto
Paço Episcopal - Episcopal Palace
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The Episcopal Palace is located in the upper part of ​​the city (the Batalha district), in a large square where you can also find the Cathedral and the Casa del Cabildo. The building was built during the thirteenth century and remodeled in the eighteenth by Bishop Rafael de Mendonça. His coat of arms appears on the front entrance. These works were designed by Nicolau Nasoni, although executed by Francisco da Silva. It is a very large building with three floors. The main facade is made up of numerous windows and balconies that are framed by granite pediments; those on the upper levels have steel railings.
Palaces in Porto
Palace Counts de Azevedo
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This palace was not indicated on the tourist information map, and I didn't think it would be that interesting, but I found it by chance when I got off the Funicular Guindais off at Batalha and took the street that takes you to the Cathedral. According to a sign next to the building, it was built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as a family residence for the Counts de Azevedo, although it is now used for municipal administration and public services. It has two floors and multiple windows, a simple façade that can be accessed via a staircase.
Palaces in Braga
Senhora-A-Branca Palace
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This palace is in Largo da Senhora-A-Branca, on the corner of Avenida 31 de Janeiro. It was previously a hotel, but is now under construction to turn it into a residential building for luxury housing. It's fairly large, 2-storey and the main façade is typically Portuguese architecture, with decorative carved stone elements framing the door and windows. The upper floor is topped with a granite baluster and a sort of pediment with a rosette carved with floral motifs and vases on the sides. A little is the Church of Nossa Senhora-A-Branca and the Parish Church of St. Victor.
Palaces in Braga
Braga Municipal Palace
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The City Hall is situated in the Town Square. Its construction began in 1753, with André Soares in charge of it, and ended a century later with the rise of the northern third. He had it built to centralize political and administrative activity. The building is considered one of the most important examples of Baroque architecture in existence.
Palaces in Viana do Castelo Municipality
Abreu Távora Palace - Carreira House
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This palace is one of the most beautiful civic buildings of the city, and is on the corner of Avenida Conde da Barreira and Rua Cândido dos Reis. It was built by Fernando Brandao (sixteenth century) as the residence of Távoras Abreu (Condes de Carreira, whose herald might be on the front) and was remodeled (eighteenth century) by the military architect Manuel Pinto Villalobos. The building occupies an entire city block and has typical Manueline architecture, with beautiful windows and doors framed in carved stone. The north facade has a small chapel annexed in Baroque style. From 1972 it has housed the offices of the City or Municipal House.
Palaces in Viana do Castelo Municipality
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Palaces in Miranda do Douro
The Ordazes Solar
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This palace is in Largo D. João III square, next to City Hall and the Ethnographic Museum. It's a civilian building that represents the social prestige of one of the most important families of Miranda, the Ordazes, who had great power and aristocratic influence. It was built in the fifteenth century, but later reformed, the monumental Baroque facade is from the second half of the eighteenth century. It has two floors, the second has 6 balconies with wrought iron railings framed with curved granite spandrels, keeping its original medieval structure. When I visited the building was being used as headquarters of a political party. At the entrance is a doorway with a nineteenth century stone arch, which begins the climb the stairs to the top floor.
Palaces in Braga
Palace of the Republic Bracarense
This palace is named after Largo do Paço square and is in the historic city center, a few steps from the Cathedral of Braga. Currently it's part of the University of Minho, but was once the Palace of Republic Bracarense, but was ended in 1790 by the first Queen of Portugal. The 2-storey palace is masonry, has 3 wings (the left side with arcades) and a linear facade with several covers decorated with shields.
Palaces in Monção
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Palaces in Guimarães
Palaces in Lamego
Palaces in Viana do Castelo Municipality
Courthouse
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The Courthouse on Avenida da Great War Two Combatentes attracts attention. It's a huge building that occupies the entire block, on the corner of Avenida Conde Carreira (opposite the train station). Its facade is linear and symmetrical, with two floors, the lower and upper windows with balconies. The central body with the entrance has three doors framed by granite columns, has a balcony in the upper zone and is topped by a bronze sculpture symbolizing justice (a scale held in her left hand).
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