Casa do Infante, Porto

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The Casa do Infante, or alternately as the Alfândega Velha is a historical house in the civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória, in the municipality of Porto, in northern Portuguese.The house was originally built in the 14th century as customs and mint, although its present condition derives mostly from a remodelling carried out in the 17th century. Its name derived from an oral tradition that suggested the house was the birthplace of Prince Henry the Navigator in 1394. The Casa do Infante is located in the historical centre of Porto, designated World Heritage Site by UNESCOHistoryThe customshouse was constructed in 1325 by royal decree.References to the Casas da Alfândega (customshouses) in the next two years, suggest that it had already been completed and in use. The mediaeval customshouse began being built around 1354 in the reign of King D. Afonso IV (during the context of disputes between the himself and the Bishop of Porto. Afonso intended to charge taxes for goods carried by ships navigating the Douro river, thereby reducing the power of the bishop. Built near the river, the new Royal customshouse minted coin, acted as a warehouse and included living quarters for the employees. Archaeological excavations revealed that the building was large and had two, high towers linked by a courtyard.
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  • We made this museum because it is always interesting to have the history of the city. It was free with our pass. The majority of comments in Portuguese and English. There are a few interactive elements.
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  • A very well presented and informative museum embracing the history of Porto (including maritime exploration by Henry the Navigator) in a lovely mediaeval building. The excellent exhibition areas are f...  more »
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  • Worth a visit. The reconstruction of the medieval city with interactive explanations is by itself worth the 2.20 euro entrance. Some other parts of the museums are however a bit boring and do not seem to have a unified theme.
  • Free on the weekends. I liked the section on Brazil!
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