Wednesday, August 26, 2015


The Ribiera, opposite Vila Nova de Gaia on the other bank of the Douro, is an old European barrio of winding streets.

 The waterfront is lined with shops and restaurants:

But the real jewels of Ribiera are the Igreja (church) São Francisco and the Palácio da Bolsa (stock exchange), built on the site of an old convent. First, the church, built in 1233 and rebuilt in the 14th century with a glittering Baroque interior:

The Neoclassical 1832 Palácio da Bolsa is opulent as only a stock exchange can be:

In fact, it warrants a separate blog post of its own, so carry on below!

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