The current house of the Rectorate of the University of Porto has had many uses but has always been linked to Academia. A great Palladian NeoClassical pile in concept, most of the detailing is already the cruder, bolder, machine-made stuff we see all around 19th c. Porto. It houses several museums and an old archival library. Designed by an engineer, it has many flights of fancy such as a grand stone cantilevered step stair in the back, cornered courtyards, public arcades which are fully encloseable in wrought iron grates, a large lantern above the stairs, etc.
We are visiting this monumental complex on March 31st, 2012 – places are still available, but going fast! Drop us a line at or the phone number +351 222 080 958.

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