House of Music

House of Music


Photo by Concierge.2C - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Casa da Música (English: House of Music) is a major concert hall space in Porto, Portugal, which houses the cultural institution of the same name with its three orchestras Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orquestra Barroca and Remix Ensemble. It was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas with Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Arup-AFA, and was built as part of Porto's project for European Culture Capital in 2001 but was only finished in the first half of 2005 and immediately became an icon in the city. The Building engineers were Arup ...Continue Reading


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Serralves Museum

Serralves Museum


Photo by Sara silva - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, The Serralves Museum is the foremost museum for contemporary art in Portugal, uniquely sited in the grounds of the Serralves Estate, which also comprises a Park and a Villa. Through its collection, temporary exhibitions, performance, education and public programmes, publishing initiatives, and national and international collaborations, the Museum fosters the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and culture. Introducing the work of the most important artists working today to diverse publics, strengthening ties with the local community, and encouraging reflection on the relationship between art and the environment that is ...Continue Reading


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Lello Bookstore

Lello Bookstore


Photo by Alegna13 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Livraria Lello & Irmão, also known as Livraria Chardron or simply Livraria Lello (Lello Bookstore) is a bookstore located in central Porto, Portugal.Along with Bertrand in Lisbon, it is one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal. In 2011, the travel publishing company Lonely Planet classified Livraria Lello as the third best bookstore in the world.History and developmentsThe actual company goes back to the establishment of the "Livraria Internacional de Ernesto Chardron" in 1869, down in the Clérigos street. After the early passing of the founder at the age of 45, the ...Continue Reading


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Oporto Coliseum

Oporto Coliseum


Photo by António Amen, CC BY-SA 3.0, The Coliseu do Porto is a theatre in Porto, Portugal. It is arguably one of the most relevant landmarks of Porto and a prestigious venue for music and cultural events. Together with Batalha Cinema, the Coliseu is a very good example of Portuguese Streamline Moderne and Art Deco in the city of Porto. It was built after the historical Salão Jardim Passos Manuel, in the early years of the 20th century. The earliest sketches of the building are from the year 1911. However the building was only officially declared finished in 1941.The, at ...Continue Reading


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São João National Theatre

São João National Theatre


Photo by Mathieu Marquer from Paris, FRANCE - IMG_2275, CC BY-SA 2.0, The São João National Theatre (Portuguese: Teatro Nacional São João) is a theatre in the city of Porto, in Portugal. It is located in Batalha Square, in the historical centre of the city.The history of the theatre begins in 1794, when the main authority of Porto, Francisco de Almada e Mendonça, encharged Italian architect Vicente Mazzoneschi with the project for an opera house. The original theatre was built between 1796 and 1798 and was named São João (St John) in honour of Prince-regent João, later crowned king as ...Continue Reading


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