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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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  • A nice surprise: beautiful building of the 15th century, essential in the growth of the city (it was the customs of the port), on Roman foundations. The Museum, with a very nice model of the city at the end of the middle age to get an idea of its history in connection with the projection of the Portuguese Kingdom on all the seas of the globe. Really a very nice time. And leaving, an ice cream or a port on the terrace.
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  • One of the best Marketing efforts not seen, similar only to the French, who if they found a bottle of oil built around a museum are offering a shuttle service for tourists and consequences open a thousand souvenir shops. They would have to pay to visit us and not vice versa. There's nothing to see, a few artifacts and no assistance, not to mention any unknown tools audio guides. INVEST YOUR MONEY DIFFERENTLY, DON'T VISIT IT. COMFORT BEDS.
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  • The House has already been customs and Mint. It has a museum with the history of Porto and Afonso, Brazil. It costs EUR 2.20 and have 50% discount for anyone who rides a Yellow Bus or free weekend. Worth the visit.
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  • Não deixe de conhecer!
  • 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.
  • This was born the Prince that started the Portuguese sea exploration and changed the world.
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  • A Casa do Infante é hoje um complexo de edifícios que foram sendo construídos para albergar os serviços da Coroa no Porto: Alfândega, Casa da Moeda e a Contadoria da Fazenda. A sua história remonta a 1325, quando o rei D. Afonso IV mandou construir o “almazem” régio, contra a vontade do Bispo, então senhor do burgo. A figura do Infante D. Henrique contribuiu para o prestígio do monumento. O nascimento do príncipe ocorreu a 4 de Março de 1394, segundo a tradição, na Alfândega Régia.