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 another showed sculptures from the Berardo collection.
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