Public space and its contradictions. Porto through time, Porto urban tour

October 25
Public space and its contradictions. Porto through time.

14:30 – 16:30
Nr of participants: 25
Accessibility for wheelchair users: NO

The development of Porto’s urban space, like any other dynamic city that did not crystallize over time, was made up of contradictions and disagreements. These conflicts, silent or verbalized, took place for different reasons, from the mixing of times in architecture to symbolism in statuary, including controversial urban planning options. This itinerary aims to present the temporal path of some of these debates and the way in which the phenomena healed in space. The visit starts from Praça Carlos Alberto and heads to the top of Morro da Penaventosa, where we will find the Cathedral, next to a space greatly transformed by the action of the General Directorate of National Monuments, in the 30s and 40s of the 20th century, in a period of nationalist exacerbation. Along the way, we will bypass the Historic Center – UNESCO World Heritage Site, analyzing different public spaces of conflict, artistic and functional, over time, in the place where the city’s Gothic wall had been built in the 14th century.

Mediation and Discussion

Jorge Ricardo Pinto (Porto, 1975) is a PhD graduate in Geography, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. He is a lecturer at ISCET, where he is currently Coordinating Professor in the BA degree in Tourism. He has developed his research at CEGOT and at CIIC. His scientific path includes the publication of five books as author, many chapters in several books, mainly related to the subject of Tourism and Urban Historical Geography, various scientific articles, texts of scientific proceedings and numerous publications of cultural nature.

How to get there

Meeting Point – Praça Carlos Alberto at 14.30

200, 201, 207 and 303 
From the Bus stop Palácio 
Last stop Pr Filipa de Lencastre
Then walk 4 minutes
Total 11 minutes

Walking (from Palácio de Cristal)
15 minutes

This is a walking visit

At the end of the visit, please go to Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis for a welcome drink at 17.30 – R. de Dom Manuel II 44, 4050-522 Porto.