“Let’s take a stroll…”
Porto, Portugal. May 2019. (12 photos)
I stayed for 6 nights in Porto, using it as a base for my time in northern Portugal. Here are some random photos from my wanders around Porto.
“Windows of Porto”
“Rooftops of Porto”
“Rua 31 de Janeiro”
The name derives from the historical republican revolt that broke out in Porto in 1891. That’s the Torre dos Clérigos in the background, a 76m high bell tower that offers great views over the city.
The Capela das Almas, or Chapel of Souls, dates from the 18th century. In the early 20th century, Eduardo Leite added almost 16000 blue and white tiles (azulejos) on the side of the church painted to depict The Death of St. Francis of Assisi, The Saint in the Presence of Pope Honorious III, and The Martyrdom of St. Catherine. The clothing store across the street couldn’t have been named better for this photo opportunity.
“In the company of saints”
Capela das Almas
“The wedding crasher”
Sadly I was not invited to the reception, although the wedding photographer was intrigued to see my camera and took a photo of me.
As you may know, Porto is a bit rundown in areas but that’s part of its charm. Notice the funicular on the left. Elevators, funiculars and cablecars can be found around town to ease the climb in hilly Porto.
“Tears of the clown”
Street art is easily found around Porto.
I took a couple of tours and asked my guides why some people refer to Porto as Oporto.
Porto is a port on the Douro River and in years gone by, to distinguish the city from other ports in the area, the locals would refer to the city as O Porto (The Port). In Portuguese, “O” means “the”, just as “e” means “and”. So hearing O Porto, many foreign traders thought the city was actually named Oporto. Both the guides I spoke to were a bit irked by people calling their city Oporto. I guess many locals would feel the same, so I don’t recommend you call it Oporto if you visit there.
Because of its aspect and hilly geography, the Porto region positively glows at sunset when the conditions are right. In that situation, “Oh Porto!” is a perfectly acceptable exclamation.
This is Part 4 of this photographic series and Part 2 of the posts about Portugal.