The São Bento railway station is situated near the city hall. It dates from the late 19th century. The building is neoclassical in style and is famous for its interior, and a large number of incredible azulejo tiles specifically. The walls of the lobby are decorated with huge panels from ceramic tiles coloured in traditional shades of blue and white. 

They depict different historical events connected with the railway as well as the Portuguese life as a whole: military battles, celebrations on the occasion of the kings’ arrival, etc. The snow-white stucco ceiling adds to the overall magnificence.

Любопытный памятник продавцам газет – рядом с железнодорожной станцией Сан-Бенту

Clérigos Tower, Igreja do Carmo

The old Catholic Clérigos Church is one of the symbols of Porto. It’s famous for its bell tower that is the tallest church tower in the city. Of course, it’s not that tall compared to modern buildings. It’s just 76 metres high. But the church is located on an elevation, so its bell tower can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. 

There’s an observation deck at the top that has a breathtaking view of the city quarters. Having come to the place, you can go to the top of the tower straight away without visiting the church or can take the recommended route and admire its rich interior decorations, choirs, organ, marble and granite carvings. The church was built in 1750. It still functions and holds ceremonies and services.

The Carmo Church (Igreja do Carmo) is another church that takes tourists’ breath away at first sight. It’s a large pompous baroque construction erected in the mid 18th century. Besides the gorgeous main facade and rich interior decorations, the church has two interesting features. The first one is a huge azulejo painting on the side facade. It tells a story about the creation of the Order of Carmelites.

The second feature is the size of the church. When you are approaching it, it seems that it has a very wide sort of double pediment. However, it turns out to be an illusion. The thing is, another (as interesting) building – the Carmelite Church – is situated close by. The two churches are separated by another curious construction that is only one metre wide! Despite its tininess, the building is considered to be a separate house. It must even have its own address.

Porto Cathedral and Episcopal Palace

The Porto Cathedral, which had been built for almost two centuries, is one of the major historic and religious monuments of the country. It’s an imposing construction that looks almost like a fortress – it has two grand towers with domes, an arch entrance crowned with a wall of merlons, and a circular stained glass rose window over the entrance typical of the Gothic style.