Palácio da Bolsa

Palácio da Bolsa information

Location
Porto , Portugal
Address
Rua Ferreira Borges
Prices
tours adult/child €7/4
Opening hours
9am-6.30pm Apr-Oct, 9am-12.30pm & 2-5.30pm Nov-Mar
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This splendid neoclassical monument (built from 1842 to 1910) honours Porto’s past and present money merchants. Just past the entrance is the glass-domed Pátio das Nações (Hall of Nations), where the exchange once operated. But this pales in comparison with rooms deeper inside; to visit these, join one of the half-hour guided tours, which set off every 30 minutes.

The highlight is a stupendous ballroom called the Salão Árabe (Arabian Hall), with stucco walls that have been teased into complex Moorish designs, then gilded with some 18kg of gold.