Casa do Infante, Porto

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The Casa do Infante, or alternately as the Alfândega Velha is a historical house in the civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória, in the municipality of Porto, in northern Portuguese.The house was originally built in the 14th century as customs and mint, although its present condition derives mostly from a remodelling carried out in the 17th century. Its name derived from an oral tradition that suggested the house was the birthplace of Prince Henry the Navigator in 1394. The Casa do Infante is located in the historical centre of Porto, designated World Heritage Site by UNESCOHistoryThe customshouse was constructed in 1325 by royal decree.References to the Casas da Alfândega (customshouses) in the next two years, suggest that it had already been completed and in use. The mediaeval customshouse began being built around 1354 in the reign of King D. Afonso IV (during the context of disputes between the himself and the Bishop of Porto. Afonso intended to charge taxes for goods carried by ships navigating the Douro river, thereby reducing the power of the bishop. Built near the river, the new Royal customshouse minted coin, acted as a warehouse and included living quarters for the employees. Archaeological excavations revealed that the building was large and had two, high towers linked by a courtyard.
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  • Museum with free entry, Rico in the history of Portugal and Brazil, interactive and with many parts and old books. Worth the visit and enjoy for refreshment from the Sun, there is cool because it is all of stone
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  • Although we are not spending much time, among many things, were interested in view mode weighing and measuring in the time of the Infante Don Enrique, when trade relations were forced to caution in weights and measures. In the Middle Ages used multiplicity of systems, Roman, Arab, etc. Later, for the 1400, it was necessary to standardize. Customs tasks demanded have patterns and calibration opposite patterns.
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  • This is an interesting building. It is on the site of some Roman remains that can be seen. It was the medieval palace, where Henry the Navigator was born and a beautiful medieval staircase remains. Th...  more »
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  • Interesting small exhibition on history of Portuguese trade and colonialism. Very well done, visually stimulating and well-presented.
  • Good to see some Roman construction remains... but was disappointed that there were no coins from the mint
  • Good meeting place in town. The exhibition is ok, nothing you could not find yourself on wikipedia. Staff were a bit weird, sometimes just mumbling or not really knowing how to express thenselves/ deal with public.
  • A part of the Portuguese history.
  • Simple and peaceful

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