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Casa do Infante, Porto

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The Casa do Infante, also known as the Alfândega Velha is a historical house in the city of Oporto, in Portugal. 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 derives from the tradition that it was in this house that Prince Henry the Navigator was born in 1394. The Casa do Infante is located in the historical centre of Oporto, designated World Heritage Site by UNESCOHistoryThe mediaeval customs house of the city of Oporto started being built around 1354 under King Afonso IV in the context of disputes between the king and the Bishop of Oporto. The king's intention was to charge taxes for goods carried by ships navigating the Douro river, thereby reducing the power of the bishop. The new Royal Customs House was built near the river (Ribeira) and included a mint, storage house and living quarters for the employees. Archaeological excavations revealed that the building was large and had two high towers linked by a courtyard. Starting in the 15th century, the customs house has undergone several expansions and remodellings that have greatly altered its original structure.The most important remodelling occurred in 1677 under King Peter II, when the customs house was virtually rebuilt. The inner courtyard was kept, but the towers were greatly reduced in height, while the front building, facing the street, gained two extra storeys, with a large staircase leading to the living quarters in the second floor. The front building incorporated the functions of the towers. The storage houses were greatly enlarged. This 17th-century remodelling is celebrated on a commemorative plate in the courtyard dated from 1677.
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  • Went in by chance and thought it was a bit of a hidden gem. Very well laid out and lots of information.  more »
  • If you wish to learn a little of the history of Oporto you'll find this fills in many of the blanks – from Roman times to the present. Beautifully restored old building and very informative displays. ...  more »
  • I love Roman mosaics and that's why I visited. The one on display here is a fine example. But it's the worst displayed I've ever seen. What were they thinking when they obscured much of it with a walk...  more »
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  • 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.
  • If you want to organize a meeting this is a good place. Its near the river and "Riberira", a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is also a lots o restaurants nearby.
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  • This was born the Prince that started the Portuguese sea exploration and changed the world.
  • Amazing!

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Portugal's second city offers a healthy variety and quantity of accessible accommodations. The historical city center on the northern bank of the River Douro teems with hotel options, ranging from budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses, which often have shared rooms, to upscale, luxury hotels housed in larger buildings and packed with amenities. All of these options place you conveniently close to the town's main sights, including churches, historical squares, and more. On top of that, many hotels on the northern bank boast good views from their hilltop vantage points. If you want to save big on cost, it's worth considering a more low-key hostel or small hotel on the less-popular southern bank.
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