A people’s culture

Museums and Cultural Heritage by “Pporto dos Museus

Patricia Remelgado, co-creator of the project and admin of this community, started it in 2009. Inspired by the city’s trends, Pporto dos Museus always seeks to share information about what’s happening in cultural and creative scenes.

Casa das Artes – Rua Ruben A 210

Oporto is renowned for its architecture and cinema. Casa das Artes brings together these two facets, being the first big project of renowned architect Eduardo Souto Moura and the place where the Porto Cineclub organizes a regular program. On the same block you’ll find Casa Allen, by architect Marques da Silva, and its unique garden which are both worth seeing. Casa Allen hosts a number of events throughout the year.

Serralves – Rua D. João de Castro 210

The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art is another space where architecture and cinema meet. The main building was designed by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira and houses important exhibitions of contemporary art. This year, the same architect inaugurated the Casa de Manoel de Oliveira in honor of the Portugal’s most influential filmmaker.

Livraria Lello – Rua das Carmelitas 144

The number of tourists who visit this historical bookshop on a daily basis is no secret. Lello is considered one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world, after all. Visitors are attracted by its fabulous interior but also by the central staircase that inspired J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter saga.

Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis – Rua de Dom Manuel II 44

Housed in the Carrancas Palace, the Soares dos Reis National Museum was the first public museum in Portugal. When it opened, during the so-called Liberal Wars, it was a kind of warehouse for goods confiscated from convents outside Oporto. In its collection, we suggest the 19th century painting and sculpture sections.

Palácio da Bolsa – Rua Ferreira Borges

One of the city’s most iconic buildings, also known as the headquarters of the  Commercial Association of Oporto, has become a tourist spot thanks to its magnificent Arab Room, inspired by the Alhambra Palace, and for the grand Nations’ Courtyard, with the iron and glass dome that Tomás Soller crafted.

Philosophy meetings by “Clube Filosófico do Porto

Tomás Magalhães Carneiro, of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Oporto, Tiago Sousa of the University of Minho and Rui André Lopes, of ISPGaya, decided to create an association for those who share their love for philosophy. Reflecting on the urban origin of this discipline, the Club’s ambitious goal is to bring philosophy closer to the city again.

Duas de Letra – Passeio de São Lázaro 48

Oporto’s Philosophical Club meetings start on the first Friday of every month, at 9:30 pm and in one of the restaurants near the São Lázaro gardens. The speakers are anonymous participants who can philosophize freely under the moderation of the project’s creators.

Fórum Fnac in GaiaShopping – Avenida dos Descobrimentos 549

On the third Friday of every month at 9:30 pm, philosophers invade a shopping mall. Usually the discussion is kicked off by a book, which is summarized and then presented in a philosophical dialogue.

Yoga sobre o Porto – Rua das Carmelitas 100

Another monthly meeting takes place on the last Friday of every month, at 9.30 pm, next to the Clérigos Tower. Just like on the group’s other meetings, the Club guides the debate as it attempts to achieve original philosophical thoughts.

Livraria Flâneur – Rua de Fernandes Costa 88

The bookstore that started with just a book delivery bike is where today’s deepests philosophical conversations take place. On the last Sunday of every month, at 4:30 pm, a big debating theme is suggested. Previous topics have included faith, death and reason.

Tiles by “Preencher Vazios

Joana de Abreu is on a mission to preserve the typical street tile of Portuguese façades: the azulejo. Her method is simple and effective: with artistic interventions that fill the empty spaces where tiles used to be with new tiles and quotes by Portuguese writers. By drawing attention to the small details that surround us, she hopes to raise awareness about the city’s architectural heritage.

Rua de São Martinho

One of Joana de Abreu’s workshops was an intervention on this street near the Church of São Martinho de Cedofeita. The goal in all interventions is to create a contrast between the old tiles and the new, the past and the future. The proof that this intervention worked is that the building’s owner decided to restore its façade.

Rua da Alegria

This intervention in one of the city’s main streets is a rare example where the empty space was filled completely, as the purpose of this project wasn’t to solve the problem, but to alert the population to it. The quote here is by André Tecedeiro: “No loneliness can compare, to living far from ourselves.”

Rua do Conde de Ferreira

Surprising the local population is also one of the goals of these interventions. In this case, while placing a quote by Fernando Pessoa, Joana was interrupted by the owner of the building who thought she was stealing tiles. They ended up working together to finish her intervention.

Rua do Sol

Mia Couto’s quote, painted in bright, bold colors, contrasts with the blues and whites of the traditional tiles that surround it. It also reveals an introspective vein that underlies this project: “The journey does not start when we travel distances, but when we cross our internal borders.”