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SAO BENTO PALACE

Sao Bento Palace The original building of São Bento Palace was erected as a convent in 1598, but was later renovated as an enormous white Neoclassical building to become today's Portuguese Parliament.

Tall columns support the pediment, and four statues on pedestals at the entrance represent Prudence, Strength, Justice, and Temperance.

The interior is grandiose, with marble pillars, Neoclassical statues, and other works of art. You may look inside when parliament is in session and debates are open to the public.

Other opportunities to see the interior of the palace are when it occasionally hosts contemporary art exhibitions. A previous one was organized by Porto's Serralves Museum, and the last one showed sculptures from the Berardo collection.

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How to Visit

Where: Rua de São Bento, São Bento/Bairro Alto
How: Metro - Rato Station or walk down from Principe Real's Praça das Flores

Sights Nearby

Principe Real - Charming leafy square.
Basilica da Estrela - Pretty domed basilica.
Estrela Gardens - Pleasant park with exotic plants.





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