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tonight I invite you to a little tour where I live. Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. views lurk round nearly every corner due to its undulating topography rising from the banks of the river Douro and its stunning architecture, which ranges from the 13th century cathedral and the painted tile-adorned São Bento railway station (the walls are covered with 20,000 splendid ceramic tiles, which took eleven years to complete, considered by the Travel+Leisure online magazine the 11th Most Beautiful Train Station in the World).
on this collage you can see the fashion bar, Alfaiate, facade. a detail of the Livraria Lello & Irmão ceiling (the Australian Travel Guides and Guidebooks editor Lonely Planet classified it as the third best bookshop in the World). the staircase of A Vida Portuguesa, a unique shop filled with original and traditional old-style Portuguese products that are still manufactured today. the extraordinary side wall of the Carmo Church, completely covered in blue and white tile panels, late baroque architecture, built in the 18th century. and the monumental tower of the Clérigos Church, located at the back of the building, which is 75.6 metres high, dominating the city (there are 225 steps to be climbed to reach the top of its six floors). this great structure has become the symbol of the city.
it's prohibit to photograph inside the Livraria Lello & Irmão but I didn't know, so I took this only shot before I was invited to leave. I've never climbed the 225 steps of the Clérigos tower. I'm honestly not inclined to do it.