Feb 12, 2011

Manu aT D’a ciTy hearT!!...



>:)
 Dusk fantastic colors... 
 ...here we go again ....
....testing the new toy Sony Nex 5...  
:)


AVENIDA  DOS  ALIADOS 
THE  MONUMENTAL  HEART  OF  
PORTO 



The imposing Avenida dos Aliados is the heart of the city, a sloping boulevard lined with grand buildings and a central promenade. 






Most of the buildings are hotels or main branches of the country's major banks, while the central promenade used to be a garden but was remodelled in 2006 by renowned architect Alvaro Siza Vieira who also designed the city's Serralves Museum. 



City Hall on top. :)


At the top of the avenue stands the Town Hall, a palatial building with a tall bell tower (70m high). 





















Made of granite and marble, its design was influenced by municipal architecture of Flanders and France. 





In front of the building is a modernist statue of Portuguese writer Almeida Garrett. 


At the other end of the avenue is Praça da Liberdade, a square adorned with a statue of King Pedro IV on a horse. 




Guarany on top!! :)


There are also several cafes, including the historical Guarany. Sit at one of the tables on the pavement outside to watch the world go by, and pass by the city's main tourism office by the Town Hall.

INFO:








S. Bento Train station

All about S. Bento train Station at my:





Having loadz of fun with that's funky 'panorama sweep' function...here we go again.... Ahhh! :)



Lá ao fundo está em construção o Hotel CONTINENTAL.... Previsto p inaugurar este Verão... Hope so, indeed!! :) 




Cá tá o Hotel.... 
CONTINENTAL HOTEL under construction. Plus,u can see Clérigos church on top of the street!! :) 



U guys....u can see they are building up a new hotel in the background... CONTINENTAL HOTEL.... hopefuly for summer 2011....  :)




PS:
... + 1 hotelinho baratuxo pa ficar hospedada qd n me apetecer dormir em casa... !!! 
>:D







More on PORTO at:
www.portugal-live.net/UK/places/porto
and
www.manuworldnews.blogspot.com/Porto



:) 





Coming back again as soon as possible... 


<:-)

2 comments:

M. said...

Oh, não sabia que iam transformar aquilo em hotel...
Óptimas fotografias, como sempre ;)
Bjsss,
Madalena

Manu World said...

:)
Obgd Mada. Mada,a fada do lar....
:)
...pois é Mada... eu soube há pouco... + 1 hotelinho baratuxo p ficar hospedada qd n me apetecer dormir em casa!! LOL

:))))
Happy Valentine.
Jinhuzzzzzzz