Heritage

Heritage
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The traces of medieval architecture still remain in the historical centre of Porto, but it was mostly during the period of Baroque when the city affirmed itself as one of the most important centers of the creation of art, both at a national and regional level. This progress was conditioned by extensive urban reforms that took place in the second half of the eighteenth century and were mostly based on modernization of the old medieval zone. The nineteenth and twentieth century were to emerge and give rise to new expressions and esthetic movements that the city incorporates, interprets and creates, the elements that are nowadays a testimony of the modernity of Porto.

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10-09-2013
Medieval architecture
The origin of Porto is linked to the Morro da Sé (Cathedral Hill), overlooking the Douro river, where traces of an ancient settlement have been identified. The Romans brought a great boom to a city, which was elevated to diocese status during th ...


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Baroque architecture
Baroque is reflected in Porto in innumerable expressive buildings of civil and religious architecture. Architects such as António Pereira and Nicolau Nasoni gave the city some of the most representative examples of this style, calling forth a co ...


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Neoclassic architecture
In the course of the second half of the eighteenth century Porto underwent great urban and architectural changes. Under the guidance of João de Almada e Melo, a plan was laid out which foresaw the renovation of the old city and the structuring o ...


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Origin of modern architecture
By the end of the nineteenth century there is a new revivalist tendency spread a bit all over and it creates a new kind of aesthetic taste, characterized by the inspiration by aesthetic and decorative vocabulary coming from artistic movements, n ...


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Art Nouveau
This style did not have many followers in Portugal. National artists and architects of this time were not involved exclusively in this movement. However, there is a regeneration in the field of decorative arts, which interferes occasionally in a ...


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