Day 15 – Porto

Today’s exploration of Porto focused on the Se Cathedral.  It is a formidable structure overlooking the city.  The outside and main cathedral area provided more examples of columns that will work well in my curriculum.  Yet what made this cathedral stand out from others were the lovely cloisters.  Along the walls of the cloister are beautiful blue and white painted tiles.  This type of tile is common in Portugal and this cloister houses some of the highest quality of tiles – gorgeous! Within the cloister was a square surrounded by arches and columns and other geometric shapes. A great geometric example, plus a peaceful atmosphere…wonderful!

The Se Cathedral took most of our time today, yet there were a couple other highlights. We visited the Carmelitas Church, which is a beautiful example of Baroque design.  We also came upon a bookstore with an amazing staircase and woodwork, the Livaria Lello.  I love, love, love bookstores, so this was a wonderful treat!

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