Curiosities

Fascinating facts and trivia about the city of Porto

Porto offers amazing peculiarities that make it what it is and always has been: unique. From its name – Porto – to the reason why its inhabitants are called “tripeiros”, get to know some of the most fascinating aspects of The Invicta.

Porto demonstrated what a resilient city looks like

Summer 1899. Porto. The bubonic plague spread in the Ribeira area, in Porto and caused the death of several people, which led authorities in Lisbon to declare a cordon sanitaire in that part of town to prevent the plague from spreading.

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen would be 101 years today

On 6th November 1919 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen was born in Porto. Her family affectionately nicknamed her "Xixa". She loved books, histories and poems and maybe that is why she became one of the greatest Portuguese writers of all time.

MHNC-UP is the first Portuguese institution to become a "United for #Biodiversity" member

The Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP), including its Botanic Garden and Biodiversity Salon - Ciência Viva Center, is the first Portuguese institution to become an official member of the Global Alliance "United for #Biodiversity", promoted by the European Commission.

155 years ago, Porto inaugurated the magnificent building of the Palácio de Cristal that once stood in the Invicta

The Invicta still longs for the magnificent building that once stood as the Palácio de Cristal, which names the place where now stands the Super Bock Arena- Pavilhão Rosa Mota. Since then, it is one of the most sought for sites in Porto, with its splendid viewpoints overlooking the river Douro or for a nice walk under the Linden Avenue, the 'Avenida das Tílias', which is a privileged space of Porto Book fair, organised by Porto City Hall, and where renowned figures of the Arts are honoured...

Porto heritage tramway celebrates 150 years

It was 125 years ago that the first electrified lines started to operate in Porto, the first in the Iberian Peninsula, in the moment when the car that can be visited at the Tramway Museum in Porto, went up the Restauração Street in Porto, on 12th September 1895.

Visit the most impressive gilded altarpiece in Porto

Visit the Church of São Francisco, in Porto and discover a most impressive gilded woodcarving alterpice. Its altarpieces originated in the Gothic era, and assumed a nationalist character during the 17th century, reaching its height in the reign of King D. João V.

Santa Clara gilded woodcarving Church in Porto is being restored

Religious person or not, paying a visit to a unique church is an excellent way of knowing important moments of Portuguese history and the evolution of architectural styles.

A most fascinating public sculpture is located at Montevideu Avenue, in Porto

A most fascinating public sculpture is located at Montevideu Avenue, in Foz, Porto. The "Homem do Leme" or "Helmsman" was inaugurated on 27 January 1938 and has its own cultural curiosity.

International Architecture Awards 2019 recognise the excellence of Porto Botanical Garden rehabilitation

The rehabilitation project of the Botanical Garden of Porto - Natural History Museum and the Science of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP) was one of the winners in the category "Parks and Gardens" of the International Architecture Awards 2019, the largest and oldest annual public celebration of architecture at global level.