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Emilia wrote a review Feb. 5
The architecture seems like an import from countries to the west. It is crowded with selfie takers. We thought it was average.
Date of experience: January 2021
Vadim wrote a review Jan. 2021
Murmansk, Russia19,775 contributions2,475 helpful votes
This is probably the most beautiful square in Porto. Beautiful, but not lively, despite the proximity of Sao Bento Station. There is something to photograph here, but it still does not give rise to the desire to stay. The dominant feature of the square is, of course, the majestic Town Hall, built in 1920. The blue logo of PORTO in front of the Town Hall is always popular with tourists who get to the Town Hall itself. It's important to take a selfie. What if you forget what city it is? The pool in front of the Town Hall is somewhat surprising. This is not a typical technique for Portuguese architecture. Even more strange is the presence of a fountain in front of the pool. This is the fountain of youth Menina nua, which means "Naked girl". Beautiful modernist buildings of the early 19th century are located on both sides of the elongated square. Numerous cafes and shops were located in these Art Deco buildings before. However, they could not compete for the first floors of buildings with banks and insurance companies. Solidity has become more, but life has become less. The cherry on the cake with which the visual perspective of the Libertade Square begins is a pedestal with an equestrian statue of King Pedro IV .What remains a mystery to me is the credit to Portugal of Pedro number four? He fled with his father, King Joao from Portugal from the troops of Napoleon, was the initiator of the separation of Brazil, becoming its emperor. What did he do to be in charge of Porto's main square? It is interesting that the French, not the Portuguese sculptor created this monument... However, the square in the style of French neoclassicism, led by the dominant monument, is gradually being destroyed. In addition to the naked girl hanging her legs from the pedestal and the PORTO logo, there is a strange sculpture of Abundância Os Meninos, a stylization of the antiquity "O Porto", the statue of Almeida Garett and the Newspaper Vendor Statue at the very end of the square. For all tastes.....…
Date of experience: February 2020
2 Helpful votes
June A wrote a review Oct. 2020
Surrey, United Kingdom2,049 contributions588 helpful votes
This large open square pretty much marks the city centre - I guess a bit like Trafalgar Square is to London. Like Trafalfar it has its own statue and fountain with plenty of places to sit - with the usual array of eating places and shops close by.
Date of experience: November 2019
Gillian S wrote a review Oct. 2020
Alfeizerao, Portugal15 contributions17 helpful votes
Yes a few nice buildings round the 'square' but a very busy part of the city for traffic and nothing else to do or see there. Don't see the attraction myself.
Date of experience: October 2020
1 Helpful vote
Viktor Kadiri wrote a review Aug. 2020
11 contributions11 helpful votes
This where most of the free and not free tours set their meeting point. Very nice and impressive place and close to the old town
Date of experience: August 2020
1 Helpful vote