The Portuguese Way and the Maritime Way pilgrimages to Santiago both begin in the beautiful city of Porto. Because Portugal was never colonized, there is no Moorish influence or Roman ruins. Portugal has been an independent country 300 years longer than Spain! The Douro River runs through the city and its nickname is the “city of bridges” because there are so many spanning that navigable river. What Porto has in abundance are acres and acres of fascinating architectural styles: Baroque, Modern, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Renaissance. Many churches, episcopal buildings, governmental structures, museums, offices, apartment buildings, and a train station that exhibit these many architectural and artistic styles.
Public statuary is also prominent in this beautiful city.
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