This pompous 19th-century building with a vast Neoclassical façade is the former stock exchange that was built to impress and earn the credibility of European investors.
Inside it could be mistaken for a royal place, especially the ornate Arab Room, an oval chamber that attempted to copy Granada's Alhambra Palace. It is now "the grand reception room" of the city where heads of state and other luminaries are received on a visit to Oporto.
Another noteworthy room is Pátio das Nações, lit by a large skylight that is a magnificent example of iron architecture. Flags of most of the countries that had trade relations with Porto are represented here.
There is also a remarkable grand staircase with two bronze chandeliers hanging from the cupola.
Location: Rua de Ferreira Borges
Getting there: Bus 500
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