Palácio da Bolsa
The Palácio da Bolsa is one of the most important historic monuments in Porto and one of the sights that must definitely be on the list of all visitors to the city. It was built in the second half of the 19th century in the neoclassical style and was destined to become the headquarters of the Porto Commercial Association, which reflects the importance of this activity in the city’s history. The building began to be used as the Stock Exchange at the orders of the queen Dona Maria II in 1841, although it was handed back to the Association in 1911.The Palácio da Bolsa makes unmistakable references to English Palladianism and other buildings in the city. The highlight of the palace is the Arab Room. Decorated in the Moorish revivalist style this room was inspired by the Palace of Alhambra in Granada. This incredibly ornate room is almost overwhelming with barely a centimeter left undecorated. Today, the Arab room is used to receive visiting heads of state and dignitaries.
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