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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  • The entrance does not draw much attention and hundreds of tourists pass through the door without entering but this small museum is very worth it. Roman ruins from the beginning of the occupation of Porto side by side with a complete presentation on the life of the Infante and the history of Portugal.
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  • This museum is free to those who are over 65 years, not free tor everyone. I would have paid a lot more to walk this historic museum and read and view its huge amount of information. A docent would ha...  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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