Inside the store, pastoral scenes are framed in the most extravagant Rococo-revival stucco. The putti carrying trophies of gold crowns and scepters reveal its former use as a jeweller’s. As we’ve seen elsewhere, downtown Porto must have been quite a luxurious place at one point, before the cult of suburbia and stabilized rent brought it to its knees. Its current rennaissance is bringing in an altogether new crop of people and programs, and fortunately some of them are smart enough to keep what was beautiful then, and still is now.
The exterior is a veritable tour de force mix of Art Nouveau and Rococo in cast iron. Note the Clérigos tower, Porto’s architectural symbol, peaking in from the left corner above.
Ourivesaria Reis & Filhos, Rua de Santa Catarina, Porto