“O Porto a penantes” – Penantes is a typical Porto expression that means “walking” – it is a personal project of Joaquim Lino, who likes to walk and photograph some of the corners of the city. He will be sharing with Hey Porto! readers every month some of these tours, leaving suggestions so that those who visit the city can discover secrets that often, not even the people of Porto know.
Recently, in one of these walks through the city, he entered the Chapel of Fradelos, a small late-19th-century church, located at the intersection of Guedes de Azevedo and Sá da Bandeira streets, which is generally off the main tourist routes but deserves to be known. On the main façade and in the interior there are tiles by Jorge Colaço, the same author of the tiles that decorate the Station of St. Benedict and the Church of St. Ildefonso. The stucco ceiling decorated by gold center medallions stands out.
Why not try a pleasant walk on a pleasant promenade, where you visit one of the most beautiful areas of Porto. Chapels that were built in the middle of the XVIII century, destined to the procession of the fourth Sunday of Lent and symbolizing the footsteps of Christ on the Stations of the Cross.
The procession passed 15 chapels, but only five had a fixed structure (the rest were set up for the occasion) and all of them withstood the passage of time: Passo do Passeio Alegre; Passo da Rua Bela; Passo de Santa Anastasia ; Passo da Rua Alto da Vila and Passo do Largo do Rio da Bica.
These granite chapels have a baroque aesthetic, with small oratories on the outside and a medallion on the top. Inside, each altar has a painting dedicated to the steps of the Passion of Christ.
The steps were ordered to be built by the Confraternity of Senhor dos Passos and Nossa Senhora da Soledade and designed by Manuel dos Santos Porto.
– Passeio Alegre Path – Rua do Passeio Alegre, next to the access ramp to the Church of S. João da Foz
– Rua Bela Path
– Santa Anastasia Path – is located at Rua do Padre Luís Cabral
– Rua do Alto Vila Path
– Largo do Rio da Bica Path
Other points of interest in this area:
Arches of Montebelo Street – Once served as part of the aqueduct that supplied water to the residence of the Friars of Santo Tirso, who at the time were the owners of the lands of Foz do Douro.
Church of São João da Foz – Baroque church, with eight lateral altars of baroque carving. The façade has a niche where the image of St. John the Baptist is displayed.
23 April, 2017 / Culture
The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal mentions the Bolhão Market as the character of the book. With texts by Gabriella Opaz and Sonia Andresson and photos by Ryan Opaz, this book which is written in English, is a declaration of love to one of the most mythical places in Porto.
Bolhão is the central point of the stories that are told here: the sellers who are the soul of the market, but also the products that are sold there daily, including recipes of typical dishes and their regions.
The book TheUndiscoveredFoodStoriesofNorthern Portugal, by GabriellaOpaz and Sónia Andresson (Book Workshop), was nominated for the Special Prize of the prestigious GourmandWorldCookbookAwards, also known as the “Oscars” of the kitchen.
GabriellaOpaz, one of the authors, revealed to Hey Porto that the inspiration for this book was the market sellers themselves and the they d manner in which they deal with hardtimes, always contributing to preserve the Portuguese cultural heritage. Among the many products on sale in the market, GabriellaOpaz highlights the Avintes broa, the succulent olives of the Douro and the fish.
The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal
GabriellaOpaz and SoniaAndresson
Available for sale at: https://store.catavino.net/
11 April, 2017 / Featured
The soul of Porto in a mythical place
The sounds, the smells, the colors, the flavors and the soul of the city, all together in one place. The mythical Bolhão Market, in the middle of Baixa (Downtown), is one of the most picturesque spots in the city.
Classified as a property of public interest in 2006, Bolhão Market will be modernized soon. This may be the last opportunity to get to know one of the most traditional places in the city, where the vendors’ loud chants selling their fresh blend with the colors and smells of traditional products.
Built in 1914, this market is accessed by four of the city’s most central streets: Fernandes Tomás, Alexandre Braga, Rua Formosa and Sá da Bandeira. However, since the first half of the nineteenth century there was a small market there, with some stalls selling fresh produce.
Bolhão (big bubble, in Portuguese) was named after a water bubble formed by a creek that used to run through it.
Hours: Monday to Friday, from 08:00 to 17:00.
Saturdays: from 07:00 to 13:00.
6 March, 2017 / Featured
The Porto Cathedral began to be built in the twelfth century, but over the centuries it received influences of the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods.
Just the architecture of the Cathedral of Porto is sufficient to be considered one of the jewels of the city. The Gothic initial construction, conspicuous in the cloister and the Chapel of São João Evangelista, together with the singularity of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and its silver altar. The Baroque of the eighteenth century is present in the frescos of the chancel and sacristy, by Nicolau Nasoni, and in the tiles of the cloister.
The interior of the cathedral is a real treasure, with invaluable furniture, consisting of tables and sinks in rare marble, the mirrors trims, cabinets and a black wood clock in Rococo style.
Outside, the patio of the cathedral is surrounded by the buildings of the Cathedral, the canon house, Episcopal Palace and Town Hall. It is one
of the privileged viewpoints in the city. From that point it is possible to behold the area of Barredo, the River Douro and the city of Gaia.
3 March, 2017 / Featured
It is the heart of the city, where heads of state are received, victories are celebrated and important dates such as New Year or St. John are commemorated.
In fact, the space that is commonly known as Avenida dos Aliados and includes Praça da Liberdade (south) and General Humberto Delgado Square on the north side where the City Hall is located. The central location and its dimensions are ideal to welcome thousands of people, being therefore the chosen place to celebrate great moments of the city.
Granite predominates in the buildings, many of them true works of art built during a golden age of Porto. Plans to make this place a public square go back to the seventeenth century, but it would take several years before the works progressed. The agricultural fields gave way to more modern streets, but it would only be in the nineteenth century for this place to become the political, economic and social center of the city. Cafes and taverns occupied a space which later was replaced by banks and offices and today, in addition to terraces and restaurants, it also houses hotels and shops, as well as statues and sculptures that contrast with the water reflection and granite pavement of recent construction.
The works of the avenue began in 1916, with the demolition of the previous municipal buildings. The new City Hall results from a project of the architect Correia da Silva dating back to 1920, but the installations were only completed in the 50’s.
However, in the 21st century, due to the construction of an underground station in the Aliados, the space would once again be remodeled in a project by the architects Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto Moura.