Urban Planning

Full rehabilitation works of the Pergola and railing at Foz commence on 11th January

  • Dulce Pereira Abrantes

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The balustrade, the ramparts and the staircases of the landmark structure of the Pergola da Foz, facing the Atlantic, in Porto, will be rehabilitated. The works advance this coming Monday, and follow the renovation works the Municipality of Porto commenced a little less than two years ago, when the seaside covered walkway facing the Atlantic, in Porto, was restored by the Municipality. Works are estimated to conclude in the end of May.

The Pergola’s concrete structure and the entire balcony, balustrade and ramparts will be renovated, as well as the beach access ramps, from the Jardim dos Ingleses to the Esplanada do Molhe. Works will be carried out by the municipal company GO Porto – Gestão e Obras do Porto, and kick off on 11th January, weather permitting.

The construction has a lead time of 140 days, and the investment amounts to 371 thousand euros. For further information on the work details, please refer to GO Porto website or dial 228 339 303.

A lithe less than two years ago, the iconic Pergola of Foz was upgraded to allow a formidable sidewalk by the sea. Rumour has it that the structure was projected in 1930, following a trip of the Mayor's wife to Nice, in France, who was inspired by the "Promenades des Anglais" and decided to ask her husband to build one in Porto.

It was built in the framework of the Improvements and Embellishments project of the Avenue Brazil that year of 1930, by Porto City Hall. The works cost about 53 thousand escudos and António Enes Baganha, one of the most important artists of the field in that time, was in charge of the project.

The result of this inspiring idea is the neoclassical style Pergola (Pergula, derived from Latin), painted in golden yellow, which is an optimal spot to contemplate the horizon, to feel the crepuscule taking over the city and to watch beautiful sunsets. Lights and shadows, different architectural perspectives, columns and capitals create fascinating and extraordinary urban images.