The Palácio da Bolsa, in Porto, is an amazing national monument designed in 1842 by Joaquim da Costa Lima, in neoclassical style. It is located in the Historic Centre of Porto and it is one of the most visited monuments of the Invicta.
The Palácio na Bolsa in Porto was first established as an Old House of the Stock Market. And these entrepreneurs have greatly contributed for the building of this Palace.
With great effort and dedication, the Palácios's first building block was set on 6 October 1842.
This building showcases a range of styles, from Tuscan Architecture and eighteenth century neo-classic style, till the early polychromatic, with geometric shapes and also British influences.
The main façade is built in a marked Doric style and the front tower with Corinthians and Ionian embellishments.
Inside, there is the "Pátio das Nações" ["The Nations Stockyards"], flanked by a glass cloister crowned by a huge skylight and crowned by a robust and impressive metal structure. The pavement in this stockyard is covered with tiles with geometric motifs inspired by Greco-Roman Pompeii models.
The inside main staircase is sculptured in bluish granite, leading to the Noble floor, where the busts of former presidents of the Porto Trade Association, namely Fontes Pereira de Melo, Hintze Ribeiro, just to name a few, overlook visitors.
But of all rooms, the Salão Árabe, the Arab Room, is with no doubt, the most impressive. It is also known as the Salão Nobre (Noble Room), and its coloured stucco-work of the end of the 19th century is of an indescribably beauty, in Arabic characters that cover nearly the entirety of the walls and the ceiling.
The Salon has an octagonal Parallelogram shape, with a double arch and a cornice.
The Palácio da Bolsa is often the chosen venue to welcome Heads of State and national and international high-ranking visitors, where they are honoured and awarded.
The Palace is mostly visited by foreigners, namely French, Spanish, German, Brazilian and Italian.
The Palácio da Bolsa is located at Rua de Ferreira Borges, and visitors shall pay 8 euros (adult ticket) and 4, 5 euros (persons over 65 years and students). Entrance free for children aged 12.