Palácio da Bolsa, Oporto, Portugal

During the liberal wars, in the 19th century, a fire destroyed the cloisters of the nearby church of Saint Francis and the queen, Dona Maria II, donated the ruins to the city's merchants.
The stock exchange palace was built in the 19th century by the city's commercial association in the neoclassical style.
Construction works started in 1842, following the plans laid down by the architect Joaquim da Costa Junior. Most of the palace was finished by 1850 but the interior decoration was only completed in 1910.
There are guided tours to visit the palace in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. One of the palace's highlights is the Arab Room, designed by architect Gustavo Adolfo Gonçalves e Sousa. Engineer Gustave Eiffel had an office at the palace during the period he worked in Oporto (pictured below).

Opening hours: Mon. to Sun. 9h00-18h30 (Apr. to Oct.)
9h00-12h30 and 14h00-17h30 (Nov. Mar.)

Ticket (standard): €8 ((You can buy your ticket here, choose the language and click the image)


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