Why you should visit… Portuguese Centre for Photography

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The Portuguese Centre for Photography was created in 1997 but since 2001 it works in an historical building located in the heart of Porto’s downtown. It is a must-see location if you are into art and architecture! The building dates back to 1796, when it used to work as a court and jail. Some famous Portuguese figures spend time there, like the writer Camilo Castelo Branco and his mistress Ana Plácido, arrested for adultery in 1860!

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With the construction of a new jail this building was available for other uses. In 1997 the Portuguese Centre for Photography started there its exhibition program, but the building needed to go under renovation work and was closed for a while. The refurbishment was designed by Souto de Moura, famous Portuguese architect, and the new CPF was opened in 2001.

Since then, the institution keeps an annual program of exhibitions and a specialized library. They also offer guided tours (subject to booking) and the entrance is free of charge! A great place to visit while exploring Porto’s Baixa area.

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Address: Largo Amor de Perdição.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday – 10am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 5pm. Saturday, Sunday and holidays – 3pm to 7pm.
Price: Entrance is free of charge.

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