Chafariz da Rua das Taipas, Porto

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The Fountain of Rua das Taipas is a fountain in the civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória, in the municipality of Porto.HistoryIn 1772, the residents along the Largo do Postigo das Virtudes presented to the municipal council a request to construct a fountain.Although there is no indication when the fountain was constructed or completed, by the end of the 18th century, there was already a need to substitute the pre-existing fountain by another.ArchitectureThe fountain is flanked by buildings along the Rua das Virtudes with the historic centre of Porto.The granite fountain is part of a pyramidal obelisk decorated with a sphere recessed within a deep niche of rounded portico, flanked by pilasters. At the base of the obelisk is a tank and over that a semi-circular dish. On each of these elements (the obelisk and the semi-circular dish) are water spouts. The portico served as a shelter as much as a source of water. Over the entablature is a central column with plinth, surmounted by pinnacle. Much of the fountain is decorated with vegetal elements, but also includes a mirror-like circular element on the obelisk.
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  • Somewhere around 1772 the residents of this area of Porto apparently said they needed a fountain and by the end of the 18th century they got one. The fountain is interesting although not spectacular a...  more »
  • So you can definitely get past it here, but nothing is special. Take a look and it goes on...
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  • Small Little fountain. It's nice, nothing special
  • Walk all the way here from AC Porto hotel.
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