Top Historical Places in Porto

Are you looking to explore the history of Porto through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Porto including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Porto. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Porto ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Porto, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Porto for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Porto with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Rail Station Sao Bento

    Tags: Trail, Historical Site, Architecture , Monastery

    Rail Station Sao Bento is one of the most beautiful stations in the world. It was built in the early 1900s. It was built on the site of a 16th century Benedictine monastery ‘Sao Bento do Ave Maria’ which also lent its name to the station. King Carlos I initiated the construction of this station. The beauty of the Sao Bento station lies in its heavily detailed French architecture and...Read more
  2. Palacio Da Bolsa

    Tags: Architecture , Unesco Site

    Palacio da Bolsa served as a stock exchange building in the 1800s. The Neoclassical style façade of the Palacio da Bolsa dates back to the 19th century. Even though the general structure of the palace was finished by 1850, ornate architectural details continued to be added till the early 20th century by different architects. It has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The &l...Read more
  3. Porto Cathedral

    Tags: Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    Porto Cathedral is the city’s largest place of worship. It was built around the 12th century but significant renovations of the facade have taken place since then. And although the Cathedral is identified as a fine example of Romanesque design, it embodies an eclectic mix of Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque architecture. One of the most magnificent parts of the Porto Cathedral is the silve...Read more
  4. Sao Francisco Church

    Tags: Religious Site, Cathedral

    Never judge a church by its exterior! Sao Francisco Church’s 14th century Gothic façade is an appealing but humble guise for the absolutely stunning interiors. The architectural elements seen inside are predominantly Baroque and Gothic. The church walls, roof and pillars are adorned with highly ornate and lavishly decorated natural and religious motifs that just cannot be missed. O...Read more
  5. Episcopal Palace Of Porto

    Tags: Historical Site, Palace, Architecture

    Episcopal Palace served as residence for the bishops of Porto until the 19th century. The original palace was constructed around 12th century and considerable additions and changes were made to the structure in the 18th century and thereafter. This rectangular palace is situated on a hill and is considered to be one of the finest examples of baroque and rococo architecture in Porto. The first t...Read more
  6. Castelo Do Queijo

    Tags: Historical Site, Fort

    Overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean, the Castelo do Queijo or the Fort of São Francisco do Queijo on the Civil Parish coast has the origin from the sixth century. In proximity of the Matosinhos River and Douro River, this dominating fort is trapezoidal on the clifftop and is fortified with the dry moat surrounding it. The pentagonal facades feature triangular corbels on which the watcht...Read more
  7. Palacio De Cristal

    Tags: Garden, Palace, Picnic Spot, Nature

    The original Palacio de Cristal or the Crystal Palace was based on the London based Crystal Palace. Unfortunately neither of the two structures survived. The present day Crystal Palace in Porto came up in 1956. It is large domed pavilion and is surrounded by sprawling green gardens. The Crystal Palace has an astounding seating capacity of 10,000 and is one of the primary venues for hosting mus...Read more